Lucas Calls on Obama to Act on Energy Plan

Congressman Lucas has called on President Obama to join House Republicans in moving foward with an all-of-the-above energy plan that reduces costs for America's farmers and ranchers, creates jobs, and improves our energy security. Recently at a press conference, President Obama stated that "the only way we are going to solve this problem...is with an all-of-the-above strategy," yet he failed to offer any new solutions to increase American energy supplies and help make prices more affordable. Meanwhile, America's farmers and ranchers are especially sensitive to high energy costs. Lucas's … [Read more...]

Lucas Responds to Obama’s Budget Plan

WASHINGTON – Congressman Frank D. Lucas released the following statement regarding President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. "The President's budget demonstrates that neither rural America nor fiscal discipline is a priority for this administration.  Raising taxes on small businesses and ignoring the real drivers of trillion dollar deficits is a failure of leadership. "The agriculture community remains committed to doing its part in deficit reduction.  However, this proposal shows a lack of perspective and understanding in how agriculture can realistically … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]