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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


05.06.17

Chairman Roberts Holds Second Farm Bill Hearing in Michigan

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held the second hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill in Frankenmuth, Mich., titled, "Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan." "Just as we did during our recent hearing in Kansas, it is important for us to get out of Washington to hear directly from folks about the Farm Bill where it matters most: on our farms, ranch… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce 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 the Committee will hold a hearing on May 11, titled, "Pesticide Registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act: Providing Stakeholders with Certainty through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act." Title: Pesticide Registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act:… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Michigan Farm Bill Field 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 second field hearing of the 115th Congress in Frankenmuth, Mich., on the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization. The hearing will feature testimony from the witnesses below examining agriculture, as well as conservation, rural economic development, research, forestry, energy, and nutrition polic… Continue Reading


05.01.17

Chairman Roberts, Secretary Perdue Announce 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 joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in announcing much-needed regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program. Secretary Perdue signed a proclamation that carries out the following, which Chairman Roberts has long raised concerns over: A postponement of target II sodium requirements for three years, An allowance for occasional non-wh… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Perdue Senate Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today is pleased to announce that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was approved by the U.S. Senate on an 87-11 vote to be the next Agriculture Secretary. "I'm pleased that the U.S. Senate was able to work in a bipartisan fashion to confirm Governor Perdue," Roberts said. "I have faith that Governor Perdue will put the needs of farmers and ranchers first, and I know… Continue Reading


04.11.17

Chairman Roberts Commends USDA Announcement of ‘GIPSA’ Rule Effective Date Extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a 180-day extension effective date for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) interim final rule. "I commend USDA for extending the effective date of this disastrous rule. This extension will allow for the incoming Secretary of Agriculture to fully analyze t… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Chairman Roberts to USDA: Provide Flexibility in School Meals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging regulatory relief from rigid school meal standards, specifically sodium limits and whole grain and dairy requirements. "For the past several years, I have heard concerns from school children, parents, teachers, administrators, and school foodservice providers in Kansas and across the country regarding the … Continue Reading


04.06.17

Roberts, Marshall Request Additional Flexibility from USDA in Response to Kansas Wildfire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today with Congressman Roger Marshall, R-Kan., sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of Kansas ranchers affected by the recent wildfires, expressing thanks for previous departmental actions taken and requesting additional programmatic and resource flexibility when responding to a disaster. "With more than 700,000 acres burned to date across the state, local official… Continue Reading

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