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06.27.17

Chairman Roberts: EPA Listens to Farmers and Ranchers, Begins WOTUS Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and an outspoken opponent of Obama-era burdensome regulations harming and farmers and ranchers, today announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) have begun the process to withdraw the highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule. The EPA and the Corps now begin a replacement rulemaking proce… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Conservation, Forestry 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 conservation and forestry. Title: Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Mr. Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Mr. Jimmy Bramblett , Deputy C… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC Chairman Nomination Hearing

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 on the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be the next chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). To watch the hearing and read Mr. Giancarlo's testimony, click here. Click here to watch Chairman Roberts' opening statement. A separate business meeting to vote on Giancarlo's nomination will be held at a later date.… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Conservation, Forestry 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, "Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building This is the fifth hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Wit… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Chairman Roberts Addresses KC Federal Reserve’s 2017 Ag Symposium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed the 2017 Ag Symposium held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Chairman Roberts discussed agriculture policy priorities for the 115th Congress and gave an update on the Committee's work on the upcoming Farm Bill. Chairman Roberts' remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thank you for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak with you toda… Continue Reading


06.15.17

K-State Agriculture Dean Testifies Before U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Dr. John Floros, Dean and Director of the College of Agriculture and Kansas State University Research and Extension, testified on agriculture research conducted at land-grant institutions. Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., held the hearing, titled, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." In his testimony, Dr. Flo… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Chairman Roberts Hears from Ag Research Institutions

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, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." Click here to watch Chairman Roberts' opening statement. This is the fourth hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Witnesses included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, K… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on CFTC Chairman Nominee Giancarlo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery at… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Agriculture Research 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 agriculture research. Title: Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Dr. Ann Bartuska, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education & Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, Washingt… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Agriculture Research 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, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing. ***Please note: Press bringing audio/v… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Chairman Roberts Gathers Perspectives from Farm Economy Experts

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, "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." This is the third hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Witnesses included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Agri-AFC, and Oregon State University. Below are Chairman Roberts' remarks, as prepared for deliv… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Agriculture Chairmen Roberts, Conaway React to Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the release of the Trump administration's FY 2018 budget proposal, Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, issued the following joint statement: "We support the Trump administration's goal of achieving three percent economic growth for our nation. USDA's latest estimates find agriculture, food, and related industries contribute $992 billion to our economy. As we debate the budget and the next Farm Bill, we will … Continue Reading


05.22.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Farm Economy 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 to gather perspectives on the farm economy. Title: Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America Who: Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Dr. Nathan Kauffman, Assistant Vice President, Economist, and Omah… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Farm Economy

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, "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." "This hearing begins the Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill hearings here in Washington," said Roberts. "We've traveled to Kansas and Michigan to hear perspectives from boots on the ground. Now, as we consider the next Farm … Continue Reading


05.16.17

Roberts, Stabenow Press USDA, USTR on Harmful Canada Dairy Pricing Policies

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 sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, requesting continued engagement with the Canadian government regarding Canada's implementation of dairy pricing changes as part of a new Canadian National Ingredients Strategy. "Since April of 2016, Canadian provinces have been … Continue Reading


05.12.17

Chairman Roberts Encouraged by U.S.-China Trade Plan

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 on the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury's progress on a 100-day action plan for allowing American beef and biotechnology products access into the Chinese market. "I'm pleased to see the Administration fully engaged in trade discussions that could have tremendous benefits for agriculture. There are several market access is… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Chairman Roberts Applauds USDA Action on Long Overdue Trade Undersecretary

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. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced action on the establishment of a trade undersecretary and other restructuring within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Agriculture Secretary Perdue today sent a letter to Chairman Roberts communicating the changes within USDA. In the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress directed… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Chairman Roberts Reviews EPA Pesticide Registrations

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 review issues related to pesticide registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as well as the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. The hearing, titled "Pesticide Registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act: Providing Stakeholders with Certainty through the Pesticide Regist… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Chairman Roberts Applauds USDA Delay of Organic Livestock, Poultry Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service announced it will delay a controversial regulation to revise organic livestock and poultry production standards. "I applaud Secretary Perdue for delaying the implementation of the disastrous rule, and I hope USDA will carefully consider its uninte… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Pesticide Registration 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 to review pesticide registrations. Title: Pesticide Registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act: Providing Stakeholders with Certainty through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Who: Panel I Rick Keigwin, Acting Director, Office o… Continue Reading

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