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03.14.19

Over One-Third of U.S. Senate Calls for Certainty for Ag Biotech in China Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today led a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump supporting "the continued prioritization of a timely, transparent, and science-based system for the approvals of agricultural biotechnology products." "Over the last few decades, advancements in research and the development of crop technologies in the U.S. have allowed producers to achie… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC Chair Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Heath Tarbert to be Chairman and a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "While it was not the farmer, rancher, rural cooperative or electric utility who contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, it is often these folks who shoulder the heaviest burden when regulators write and implement ru… Continue Reading


03.08.19

President Signs Bipartisan PRIA into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today said President Trump signed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) into law, bringing certainty to the agriculture industry and other stakeholders. "This law will ensure farmers, consumers and others have an improved process when registering and evaluating the use of pesticides," said Roberts. "The bill was approved by the S… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on CFTC Chair Nominee Tarbert

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Heath Tarbert to be Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Who: Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be CFTC Chairman and a CommissionerDate: Wednesday, March 13, 2019Time: 10:00 amPlace: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Senate Sends PRIA to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today are pleased to announce final Senate passage by voice vote of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "The Senate has once again acted to provide certainty to farmers, consu… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts Applauds Wheeler Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry today applauded Senate confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I look forward to continue working with Administrator Wheeler," Roberts said. "He has taken the time to listen to the concerns of farmers and ranchers regarding the Obama Administration's damaging 'Waters of the U.S.' (WOTUS) rule. EPA, under Mr. Wheeler's… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts: WTO Finds Chinese Price Supports Distort Trade; Applauds USTR Efforts to Fight for U.S. Grain Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced it has found China's price supports for grains, including wheat, are trade distorting and in violation of WTO rules. "I am pleased the U.S. Trade Representative's efforts to stand up for American producers have been successful. We play by international trade rules and must ensure other nati… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Farm Bill Implementation Update from Secretary Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue titled, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." "Secretary Perdue is no stranger to the Committee. In fact, as we successfully worked in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to craft the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, USDA was an important part of the process. Over the last two y… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Implementation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." Who: The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan PRIA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today are pleased to announce Senate passage of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "Today's unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farme… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Roberts, Stabenow, Udall Introduce PRIA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today reintroduced the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "This bipartisan legislation supports EPA in providing timely approvals of crop protection tools to prevent, manage, and e… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Subcommittee Assignments for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the new Subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. At a business meeting today, the full Committee approved Subcommittee chairs, ranking members, and assignments, which are listed below. The Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade oversees matters regarding production agriculture, including commodity prog… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Senate Agriculture Committee to Hold First Meeting of 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to organize the Committee for the new Congress. Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 Time: In conjunction with afternoon floor votes Place: Location near the Senate floor -30-… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Chairman Roberts Discusses 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed the Farm Foundation on the opportunities and challenges in implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. "At a time of shutdowns, when folks are more focused on playing politics than governing, the Ag Committees were successful in reaching agreement on a farm bill," said Chairman Roberts. "This is what happens when the Congress works in a bipartisan, bicameral f… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Chairman Roberts Discusses Child Nutrition Reauthorization with School Boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed 700 school board members from across the country at the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute. "As is the routine in the Senate Agriculture Committee, we will work on the (child nutrition) reauthorizations together, in a bipartisan fashion, to develop well-rounded legislation that will improve the operation of these important program… Continue Reading


01.13.19

Chairman Roberts Congratulates Farm Bureau on 100th Anniversary

NEW ORLEANS, La. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed thousands of farmers and ranchers from across the country at the American Farm Bureau's 100th annual convention in New Orleans, La. "I have been in Congress for nearly 40 of those years, as a member of the House and Senate," said Chairman Roberts. "In Washington, there has been no better partner to work with than the American Farm Bureau Federation.… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Roberts to Lead Agriculture Committee in 116th Congress; Republican Members Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has once again been tapped to lead the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, during the 116th Congress. "I am honored to be chosen to lead the Agriculture Committee for another two years," said Chairman Roberts. "We just succeeded in passing the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill, and I look forward to overseeing the Agriculture Department's implementation." "As I said when I first became Chairman of this Committ… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts: President Signs Farm Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today joined Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), President Trump and others at the White House for a signing ceremony of their historic, bipartisan Farm Bill. "We began the consideration of this Farm Bill two years ago in Manhattan, Kansas, by listening to producers. We ended up with a bill crafted to address the concerns of all regions and all crops. In a to… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts: USDA Rule Reflects Congressional Intent to Protect and Preserve Agricultural Biotechnology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's final rule on his landmark legislation - the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard - to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology, provide certainty to farmers and the supply chain, and ensure consumers have greater access to food information. "I applaud Secretary Perdue and the Agriculture Department f… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA SNAP Work Requirements Proposed Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule to update Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements for states to qualify for waivers from work time-limits for able-bodied adults without dependents. "Though the SNAP program currently has work requirements that most states enforce, it m… Continue Reading

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