Obama’s Regulations No Laughing Matter for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama addressed criticisms of over-regulation by his administration.  He claimed success for exempting dairy farmers from an Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program mandate that would have regulated milk the same way as oil: “We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill – because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.” The truth is that … [Read more...]

Ag Chairman Frank Lucas Addresses Missing MF Global Funds

This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the efforts of the House Agriculture Committee to uncover the whereabouts of the roughly $1.2 billion in customer funds that remain missing from bankrupt MF Global, and to determine who is responsible for these losses. Last week the House Agriculture Committee held the first hearing on the MF Global bankruptcy with three panels of witnesses, including former CEO of the company, Jon Corzine. Chairman Lucas stresses that the committee will continue to monitor the investigation into MF Global's actions and will work to ensure … [Read more...]

H.R. 1633 Gives Farmers and Ranchers Regulatory Certainty

WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust that is already regulated at the state or local level. Although EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced that her agency does not intend to change the current standards, EPA retains the authority to do so. Furthermore, under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to review these standards every five years. The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act gives farmers and … [Read more...]

Congressman Frank Lucas Receives Praise for Farm Bill Leadership

I appreciate the OACD for working with me & my staff to produce the best new farm bill possible for America's farmers & ranchers. Please read the article posted below: Leaders of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) today expressed appreciation to Congressman Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for his continued leadership in attempting to craft a Farm Bill under difficult circumstances. Joe Parker, President of the OACD said that the conservation districts in Oklahoma especially appreciate the nonpartisan, policy driven approach being … [Read more...]

Go Pokes!

Congressman Lucas was happy to return recently to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, to participate in the 2011 Homecoming Parade. He was joined by some great Lucas for Congress volunteers, some of whom are current and past OSU students. Go Pokes!. … [Read more...]