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01.19.17

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA Secretary Nominee Former Governor Sonny Perdue

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 regarding President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be his nominee for Secretary of Agriculture: "The most important quality for the Agriculture Secretary to possess is a solid understanding of the tough economic challenges farmers and ranchers face due to three years of low prices, declin… Continue Reading


01.18.17

USDA Ignores Producers’ Concerns, To Publish Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the 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 publish a controversial regulation to revise organic livestock and poultry production standards. "I, and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, have expressed concerns multiple times over this detrimental rule," said Chairman Roberts. "We… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on CFTC Violation of Antideficiency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry today released the following statement after the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was officially found in violation of the Antideficiency Act with regard to multi-year leasing contracts. CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad on Friday sent a letter to President Obama officially admitting guilt to Antideficiency Act violations from fiscal years 1995 to 2015. "After a ye… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Roberts Again Tapped to Lead Agriculture Committee; Republican Membership Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has been tapped to lead the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during the 115th Congress, continuing his efforts to put the concerns of farmers and ranchers first. "I am humbled to be chosen by the Senate Republican Conference to lead the Agriculture Committee as we head into the 115th Congress," said Chairman Roberts. "We just wrapped up a productive two years in the Agriculture Committee, and I look forward to an … Continue Reading


12.22.16

Chairman Roberts' Statement on USTR Action Against EU Ban on American Beef

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 the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced actions against the European Union (EU) over discriminatory trade practices against American beef imports. "The U.S. beef industry produces the safest, most affordable beef in the world," said Chairman Roberts. "Unfortunately, the EU has chosen to limit the abil… Continue Reading


12.14.16

Chairman Roberts: USDA’s GIPSA Rule Limits Livestock and Poultry Producers’ Economic Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) released its interim final rule. Two additional proposed rules address unfair preferences and the poultry tournament system. "Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen to ignore my persistent appeals over the last … Continue Reading


12.09.16

Chairman Roberts: Concerns Remain with Final SNAP Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service released its final rule on eligibility requirements for retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "After a thorough review of the nearly 100-page finalized SNAP rule, I'm pleased that USDA listened to my concerns, echoed by nearly hal… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on Child Nutrition Reauthorization 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 on the status of efforts to complete reauthorization of child nutrition programs. "Today is a day I hoped would not come," Roberts said. "I'm very disappointed that the bipartisan, bicameral Child Nutrition Reauthorization negotiations have come to an end for the 114th Congress. "I'm proud of the commonsense reforms and the biparti… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on CFTC’s Position Limits Proposed Rule

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 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) released a re-proposed rule on position limits. "Though I do not appreciate so-called 'midnight rulemaking' and certainly am not in favor of limiting farmers, ranchers, and end-users' risk management tools, I am encouraged that the CFTC decided not to make the controversi… Continue Reading


12.02.16

Chairman Roberts Names Glueck As Policy Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the promotion of James Glueck to Policy Director for the Committee. "James has faithfully served the needs of farmers and ranchers for more than 10 years in various government and private sector roles," said Roberts. "James understands the unique challenges and difficulties facing agriculture and rural America. I'm proud to have him on my staff, and I am… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Chairman Roberts Issues Statement on Ag Committee Nomination Vetting Process

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 regarding the Committee's vetting process for presidential nominees: "The Senate Agriculture Committee should examine President-Elect Donald Trump's nominees in the same manner it vetted President Obama's nominees. After all, the Obama Administration was the so-called 'most transparent Administration in history.' "I have served on… Continue Reading


11.15.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders Call on China to Prioritize Biotechnology Approvals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., this week sent a letter to President Obama regarding ongoing delays of agriculture biotechnology product approvals in China. The bipartisan letter contains 37 signatures, 16 of which are Senate Agriculture Committee members. The Senators write, "American producers rely on access to the global market for the food and fiber they harvest. If th… Continue Reading


10.14.16

Chairman Roberts Disappointed with USDA’s Advancement of GIPSA Rules

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review three rules first issued in 2010, commonly referred to as the GIPSA rules. "While the impact of these rules is not fully known, if they are in any way similar to the 2010 GIPSA proposal, I have serious concerns that the U.S. livest… Continue Reading


10.14.16

Chairman Roberts Applauds 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 Timothy Massad's announcement to extend the de minimis threshold phase-in termination date by one year. "I'm pleased the CFTC has moved the automatic drop of the swap dealer de minimis level back one year," said Chairman Roberts. "It is important the Commission hav… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Chairman Roberts Applauds Senate Passage of Modernized Livestock Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded unanimous Senate passage of H.R. 5883, the Clarification of Treatment of Electronic Sales of Livestock Act of 2016. H.R. 5883 passed the House of Representatives earlier this week and is identical to S. 3350, introduced by Agriculture Committee Member Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. H.R. 5883 brings much needed clarity to the livestock marketing sector by mak… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances CFTC Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee favorably reported nominees Dr. Christopher Brummer and Brian Quintenz to serve as Commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The nominees may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for final confirmation. "We need to fill the vacancies at the CFTC, and I'm pleased to hear assurances from both nominees to listen … Continue Reading


09.21.16

Chairman Roberts Thanks Vilsack, Questions Administration’s Overregulation and Uncertainty in Farm Economy

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 work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the economic concerns voiced by farm country. The hearing, titled "The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy," featured testimony from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. For witness info, testimony, and to watch the hearing, click here. "Eleven… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing on CFTC Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Dr. Christopher Brummer and Brian Quintenz to serve as Commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Per Committee Rules, a final vote on the nominations must occur in a separate business meeting of the Committee. Click here to watch the hearing. In April, the Committee passed legislatio… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on American Agriculture, Rural 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 on "The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy." What: The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy Who: Hon. Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 Time: … Continue Reading


09.13.16

Chairman Roberts: U.S. Farmers Deserve Level Playing Field in Global Marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today joined U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to announce the launch of trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to USTR, China's use of market price support for its domestic rice, wheat, and corn exceeds the country's com… Continue Reading

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