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09.13.18

Chairman Roberts: The Entire Food & Agriculture Value Chain Relies on Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing titled, "Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade." "I hear from producers across the agriculture industry, and across our food value chain, about how trade policies impact their prices, decisions, and livelihoods," said Chairman Roberts. "These are not new concerns. The U.S. has long had to work to overcome barriers to trade around the world" "We n… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Ag Trade 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, "Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade." Who: The Honorable Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.The Honorable Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Departmen… Continue Reading


09.05.18

After Seven Farm Bills, Chairman Roberts Leads Conference Committee

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 public meeting of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. "This is the eighth farm bill that I've been a part of during my time in public service. The circumstances are always a bit different, but we all have a history of working together in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to find solutions and to get farm bills done," Chairman Roberts said. "If it wa… Continue Reading


08.28.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Senate Confirmation of USDA, CFTC Posts

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 that James E. Hubbard, Dawn DeBerry Stump, and Dan Michael Berkovitz were confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, James E. Hubbard will serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dawn DeBerry Stump and Dan Michael Berkovitz will serve as Commiss… Continue Reading


08.27.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statements on Administration’s Trade-Related Announcements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statements on trade-related announcements by the Trump Administration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released additional details on its plan for up to $12 billion in assistance to farmers impacted by tariffs. "I appreciate Secretary Perdue's efforts to provide temporary relief to our hard-working farmers who are being affected b… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders: Farm Bill Conference Public Meeting Sept. 5

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., today announced a public meeting of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. "We are pleased to announce a meeting of the full Farm Bill Conference Committee," Senate and House Agriculture Committee leaders said. "We are committed to working together on a Farm Bill that delivers certainty and pred… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Vote to Begin Farm Bill Conference, Appointment of Conferees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today are pleased the Senate has voted to move forward with the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. The Senators also applauded the announcement of the Senators who will serve on the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. Sen. Joni Ernst, R… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances CFTC Nominee Berkovitz, USDA Nominee Hubbard to Full Senate

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 voted to favorably report the nominations of Dan Michael Berkovitz to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and James E. Hubbard to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Berkovitz and Mr. Hubbard may now be consid… Continue Reading


07.30.18

Senate Agriculture Committee to Consider Nominees Berkovitz, Hubbard

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 consider the nominations of Dan Michael Berkovitz to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and James E. Hubbard to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders Meet to Discuss Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership today met to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill, prior to full Conference Committee discussions. Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., released the following statement after the meeting: "We look forward to working together to get a Farm Bill finished as quickly as possible, and we're com… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA Trade Assistance

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $12 billion in assistance to farmers impacted by tariffs. "Given the low prices farmers have been facing, the tariff situation is making things worse for producers as we speak," Roberts said. "Trade remains the single best solution to the tough economy in farm country. I will… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC, USDA Nominations 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 nominations of Dan Michael Berkovitz to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and James E. Hubbard to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "While serving different functions, both the CFTC and USDA play critically important roles in supporting ou… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Chairman Roberts Honored with Washington International Trade Association Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For his work to fight for open markets for American agriculture, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today was presented the Congressional Leadership Award by the Washington International Trade Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the field of international trade. "Just last year, the total value of U.S. agricultural exports was over $138 billion. That i… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Roberts, Stabenow Prepared for Farm Bill Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to proceed to a Farm Bill conference. "We are pleased to see the House move ahead on the Farm Bill," said Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow. "In order to be successful in passing a final bill, the conference committee must put politics aside and focus on the needs of our far… Continue Reading


07.17.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Nominees Berkovitz, Hubbard

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 to consider the nominations of Dan Berkovitz and James Hubbard. Who: Dan Michael Berkovitz, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission James E. Hubbard, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.… Continue Reading


06.29.18

Roberts, Stabenow: Senate Unanimously Approves PRIA

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 Senate approved reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "The U.S. Senate just passed a bipartisan Farm Bill to provide farmers and ranchers with certainty in a tough farm economy," said Chairman Roberts. "We can add to this certainty for producers and many other stakeholders with the approval… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Bipartisan Farm Bill Passes Senate on 86-11 Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One large step closer to delivering on promised certainty, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. "Today marks an important day for farm country. We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a Farm Bill with the certainty and predictability they deserve," said Chairman Roberts. "I thank m… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Hundreds of Leaders Across the Country Applaud the Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate continues its consideration of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today thanked the diverse group of leaders that have expressed support for the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill. To date, 504 groups representing thousands of agriculture, food, nutrition, hunger, forestry, conservation, rural, business, faith-based, research, and academic interests … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Chairman Roberts to Colleagues: Let’s Get This Farm Bill Done

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the chamber's consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill. Click here to watch his remarks. Click here to learn more about the bipartisan Senate 2018 Farm Bill. "The goal, the responsibility, the absolute requirement is to provide farmers, ranchers, growers and everyone within America's agriculture and food value chain certainty… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Roberts Congratulates Chairman Conaway on House Farm Bill Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018: "I congratulate Chairman Conaway on successfully navigating his Farm Bill through the House," Roberts said. "I look forward to working with him and his colleagues in conference once the Senate passes our Farm Bill. Our farmers … Continue Reading

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