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12.12.18

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Farm Bill Conference Report Passage in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today applauded the House of Representatives for passing the 2018 Farm Bill conference report on a 369-47 vote. "We congratulate Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson on passing the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report," said Roberts and Stabenow. "This swift legislative action taken by both chambers represents our commitment to provide certai… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Conference Report Passes Senate on 87-13 Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the final stretch of the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Farm Bill conference report passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 87-13 vote. "We are thrilled to report the U.S. Senate has acted to give certainty and predictability to rural America," said Roberts and Stabenow. "The U.S. Senate has already delivered a historic vote for the Senate Farm Bill. Now, we … Continue Reading


12.10.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders Release Farm Bill Conference Report

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 released the text of the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report. "The 2018 Farm Bill is our opportunity to make the American food and agriculture systems work more efficiently. I'm pleased to say we have done just that in this conference report," said Chairman Roberts. "We st… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Chairman Roberts Applauds School Lunch Regulatory Flexibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for publishing the Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements final rule. This rule solidifies regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and other federal child nutrition programs. "In one of his first official acts as … Continue Reading


12.05.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances USDA Nominees Brashears, Earp, and Hutchins to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report the USDA nominations of Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety; Naomi Earp to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights; and Scott Hutchins to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics. The nominees may now be considered by the full U.S. … Continue Reading


12.04.18

Senate Agriculture Committee to Consider USDA Nominees Brashears, Earp, and Hutchins

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 USDA nominations of Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety; Naomi Earp to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights; and Scott Hutchins to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics. Date: Wed… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USMCA Signing

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 President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "I congratulate President Trump on signing the USMCA, and I thank him for strengthening the trading relationships with Canada and Mexico that our American farmers and ranchers have long depended on" said Roberts. "Today marks an important step towards c… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Senate and House Ag Leaders: We've Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate and House Agriculture Committee Chairmen Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) made the following announcement today on the state of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations: "We're pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to… Continue Reading


11.28.18

Chairman Roberts Holds Hearing on Three USDA Nominations

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 to consider the USDA nominations of Mindy Brashears, Naomi Earp, and Scott Hutchins. Mindy Brashears, of Texas, is the nominee to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. Naomi C. Earp, of Maryland, is the nominee to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights. Scott Hutchins, of Indiana, is the nominee to be Under Secre… Continue Reading


11.27.18

Chairman Roberts Announces Senate Confirmation of USDA General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today is pleased to announce that Stephen Vaden was approved by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, Stephen Vaden, of Tennessee, will serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "I'm pleased the U.S. Senate has cleared another critical USDA nominee," Roberts said. "Mr. Vaden is well suited for the job and ready to serve as USDA general … Continue Reading


11.16.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA, FDA Plan to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a decision on how to regulate cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb today announced that both agencies will oversee the joint regulation of these products. FDA wil… Continue Reading


11.13.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on USDA Nominees Brashears, Earp, and Hutchins

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 USDA nominations of Mindy Brashears, Naomi Earp, and Scott Hutchins. Who: Mindy Brashears, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Naomi C. Earp, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights Scott Hutchins, of Indiana, to… Continue Reading


10.17.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on Pending U.S. Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the following statement after President Trump formally notified Congress of intent to begin trade negotiations. "I am very encouraged by the administration's announcement to pursue trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. President Trump and Trade Representative Lighthiz… Continue Reading


10.15.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on National School Lunch Week

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 President Trump proclaimed Oct. 14-20, 2018, as National School Lunch Week. "The National School Lunch Program is vital to helping America's schoolchildren reach their full potential throughout the school day and well into the future. I thank the school nutritionists and food directors for their work day in and day out to pr… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on NAFTA Renegotiation

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 President Trump announced the United States, Canada, and Mexico have reached an agreement on the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "I'm pleased to see the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have successfully delivered a renegotiated NAFTA for consideration, and I am eager to review the details," said Chairman Ro… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

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 President Trump announced plans to begin formal trade negotiations with Japan. "I applaud President Trump for moving to begin trade discussions with Japan, and I look forward to continuing to engage with the Administration, especially as it relates to agriculture," Roberts said. "In 2017, the U.S. exported nearly $12 billion … Continue Reading


09.26.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders: We Are Still at the Table

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 met and released the following statement on progress of the 2018 Farm Bill. "Each of us is still at the negotiating table, and we remain committed to working together on a Farm Bill. Our conversations are productive, and progress toward an agreement is taking shape. We are going to get this … Continue Reading


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

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