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 the House floor in support of H.R. 6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
August 2, 2012 - Chairman Frank Lucas spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012. The Chairman discussed how important this bill is for our livestock producers impacted by the drought conditions who are currently exposed. Chairman Lucas also stated that he’s committed to giving farmers certainty and getting a five-year farm bill on the books.