(NAFB)--With the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on the 2014 farm bill implementation process - the House and Senate ag committees are following the progress. House Ag Chairman Frank Lucas says it’s good to know the farm bill is working the way it is supposed to. Lucas urges producers making use of the livestock disaster assistance program to sign up soon to avoid any possibility of sequestration in late August. If producers sign up at the very end - he says the sequestration language brings the possibility a deduction will occur. The definition of actively engaged in farming is one issue that continues to come up in the progress hearings - and Lucas hopes an understanding will get ironed out so farmers can do their jobs. Another issue important to Lucas is the APHIS rule concerning Brazilian beef imports - which he says brings a legitimate concern from producers about the possibility of spreading foot and mouth disease from Brazil to the United States. He agrees with industry groups that the comment period on this rule should be reopened and extended for another 120 days to give more time to look at the information used to create the rule. As for the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule - Lucas says the executive branch is trying to do things Congress would never approve. He says this is one thing agriculture may have to fight at every stage of the way - as he doesn’t believe EPA will be easily deterred in its goal.