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10.18.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Votes on USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey

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 Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the U.S. Department of Agricultur… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Chairman Roberts Praises USDA Dismantling of ‘GIPSA’ Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rollback of two Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules. Included in this regulatory rollback are an interim final rule that deals with harm to competition and one proposed rule on conduct considered an unfair practice or results in an undue preference, both of which livestock and p… Continue Reading


10.11.17

Chairman Roberts Praises CFTC De Minimis Threshold Extension

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. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Chris Giancarlo's announcement to extend the $8 billion de minimis threshold phase-in termination date by one year to December 2019. This extension gives the CFTC time to complete the rule in 2018. "I'm pleased Chairman Giancarlo has hit the ground running at the CFTC… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Chairman Roberts: USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey Have ‘Boots-on-the-Ground’ Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing to consider the nominations of Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "This Committee has been reviewing nominations expeditiously," said Roberts. "It is crucial to have leade… Continue Reading


10.04.17

Senator Roberts: Tax Reform Critical for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today said the Budget Committee's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution is the start of much needed tax reform for farmers and ranchers and was pleased the Agriculture Committee will not need to authorize a reduction in current spending. "I am pleased that our Committee will not receive reconciliation instructions to bring our spending in line with the resolution under conside… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Chairman Roberts to Secretary Perdue: Help Is On The Way

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just one day after Committee approval, 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 Censky and Ted McKinney were approved by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, Stephen Censky, of Missouri, will serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, will serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs within the U.S. … Continue Reading


10.02.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Sends USDA Nominees Censky, McKinney 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 nominees Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Both Censky and McKinney may now be considered by t… Continue Reading


09.29.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Votes on USDA Nominees Censky, McKinney

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 Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Date: Monday, Octobe… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey

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 two nominations within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Who: Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services … Continue Reading


09.28.17

Chairman Roberts Hears Ideas for Improving Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs

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, titled, "Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." "Today's hearing marks this committee's ninth hearing this year dedicated to listening to our stakeholders from around the country on how our authorized programs are currently working, or need improvement, as we work towards Farm Bill reauthorization during t… Continue Reading


09.25.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Hearing on Rural Development, Energy Programs

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 witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing on rural development and energy programs in the Farm Bill reauthorization. Title: Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Ms. Anne C. Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, United States Department … Continue Reading


09.20.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Rural Development, Energy Programs

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, "Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing. ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should che… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Chairman Roberts: Censky, McKinney Nominations Will Boost USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing to consider the nominations of Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Secretary Perdue and his team have hit the ground running to keep the Department working on… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Chairman Roberts: Unknown SNAP Error Rate Unacceptable, Changes Needed

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, titled, "Nutrition Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." "As we conduct this review, it is important to remember the purpose of these critical nutrition programs," said Chairman Roberts. "They are not about long-term dependency; they are about giving aid in times of trouble. They are about ensuring our nation's security, helping folk… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on USDA Nominees

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 two nominations within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Who: Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Ted McKinney, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Date: Tuesday, Se… Continue Reading


09.12.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Nutrition 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 witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing on nutrition programs in the Farm Bill. Title: Nutrition Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Mr. Brandon Lipps, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Administrator, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Depa… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Nutrition 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, "Nutrition Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing. ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the S… Continue Reading


08.24.17

Chairman Roberts: Challenges Are Great, But Farm Bill Offers Certainty, Opportunities

MANHATTAN, Kan. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed nearly 400 Kansans at the Kansas Governor's Summit on Agricultural Growth. In his remarks, Roberts stressed the importance of maintaining a strong crop insurance safety net, saying, "We need to ensure that producers have risk management tools at their disposal. Crop insurance is, for many, the most valuable tool in the risk management toolbox. During my v… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Three CFTC Nominees Receive Senate Approval

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 full Senate approval of J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Rostin Behnam and Brian D. Quintenz to serve as Commissioners of the CFTC. The Senate unanimously approved the nominees. "We are pleased to report full Senate confirmation of three CFTC leaders. We lo… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Swiftly Advances CFTC Commissioner Nominees

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 unanimously voted to favorably report the following nominees to serve as Commissioners at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): Rostin Behnam, Brian D. Quintenz, and Dawn DeBerry Stump. The nominees may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "We all agree that the CFTC needs… Continue Reading

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