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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


04.05.17

Roberts Urges President Trump to Prioritize U.S. Beef Access with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today joined a bipartisan group of 39 Senators led by Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., in sending a letter urging President Trump to raise the critical issue of U.S. beef access to Chinese markets when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. China has recently become the fastest growing beef market in the world, but U.S. producers have not had the opportun… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Chairman Roberts: USDA Extends Emergency CRP Grazing for Fire Stricken Ranchers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) action to approve grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to aid ranchers devastated by ongoing wildfires started March 6, 2017, in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. "I appreciate the Department allowing Kansas ranchers who have lost their rangeland due to the largest wildfire in our state's history acce… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Swiftly Advances USDA Secretary Nominee Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report nominee Sonny Perdue to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "I'm pleased our Committee has made swift strides to move Governor Perdue's nomination closer to the finish line," Roberts said. "Our farmers and ranchers have been waiting too… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Committee Vote on USDA Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

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 business meeting to vote whether to favorably report the nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the full Senate. Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 Time: Immediately following the first floor vote Place: President's Room, S-216 A transcript will be available on ag.senate.gov after the m… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senator Roberts to Chicago Council: Utilize all Tools to Support Global Food Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today told the Chicago Council on Government Affairs that emergency food assistance, agriculture development, and trade are among many critical tools to improve global food security. "Ensuring that those in need have something to eat is among our most powerful tools of diplomacy," Roberts said. "It is not a coincidence that the countries who need the most food assistan… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Chairman Roberts Holds USDA Secretary Nomination 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 nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "The Department of Agriculture is made up of 29 agencies and offices. And, it employs nearly 100,000 men and women that work in all 50 states and around the globe. The Department provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural … Continue Reading

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