House Ag Committee Chairman Favors Farm Policy Priorities

A wide ranging conversation was had with the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma's Third District Congressman Frank Lucas on Thursday afternoon. Lucas has just been back in washington for a couple of days after the August recess- and indicates that he has yet to sit down face to face with his ranking minority member, Collin Peterson, to discuss exactly how to assemble recommendations to the SuperCommittee for possible budget cuts that will be worked on by those twelve members of Congress this fall. Deadline for the standing committees to get their ideas to the SuperCommittee is … [Read more...]

Trade agreement could boost beef industry

Stillwater News Press By: Ricky O'Bannon October 13, 2011 STILLWATER — Three free trade agreements passed by Congress Wednesday night could open up markets and new customers for Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers if the state and nation find ways to market their products abroad, according to one agricultural economist. After being delayed for years, bilateral agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia were pushed through both the House and Senate just hours apart. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., spoke on the House floor multiple times in support of the deals. Lucas, a western … [Read more...]

Farm bill: ‘National and equitable’

AgWeek By: Jerry Hagstrom October 11, 2011 WASHINGTON — Reflecting on the turbulent weather that continues in his home state, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said the country still needs a strong, comprehensive farm bill. And, he said, while Tea Party-minded members of the House are “idealistic . . . the majority has a responsibility to govern.” Speaking in an interview with Agweek, Lucas also said he thinks both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, think Congress should cut farm bill spending by $33 billion over 10 years, but … [Read more...]

Agriculture Committee Chairman Awaits Analysis of GIPSA Rule

National Hog Farmer By: Staff September 21, 2011 House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says it’s important to have transparent economic analysis in federal rulemaking. A case in point is the proposed GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) rule on livestock marketing. A year has passed since a group of lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a public report on the costs and benefits of the proposed rule, Lucas recalls. Last week, Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the … [Read more...]

EPA must clarify ag regulations

Dairy Herd By: Marlys Miller September 9, 2011 Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) chairman of the U.S. House agriculture committee is asking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson for a response to a list of questions from a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Lucas submitted the request to EPA nearly six months ago; he followed up with a letter on Thursday. Administrator Jackson testified before the House agriculture committee on March 10, at a hearing on EPA regulations. Following that hearing, members of the agriculture committee submitted questions for the record … [Read more...]