Rep. Austin Scott, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the impact of enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on specialty crop growers. Specifically, Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that DOL is using the "Hot Goods" provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural commodities without regard for the inevitable destruction of the product and significant economic hardship inflicted on farmers and their employees.
Chairman Lucas on House Floor Speaking about the Panama Free Trade Agreement
October 12, 2011- Chairman Frank Lucas spoke on the House floor on the Panama Free Trade Agreement and how trade affects his home district of OK-3. Agriculture exports support more than 10 thousand jobs in Oklahoma. Across the country, agricultural exports support about 1 million jobs total.