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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


09.13.16

Chairman Roberts’ Emergency Wildfire Legislation Approved by Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a business meeting where emergency wildfire legislation was favorably reported out of the Committee with of vote of 11-9. The Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act is similar to H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, which passed the House of Representatives and was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. … Continue Reading


09.09.16

Chairman Roberts Releases Emergency Wildfire Legislation for Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released emergency wildfire legislation in advance of a Committee markup scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th. The Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act is similar to H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, which passed the House of Representatives and was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Chairman R… Continue Reading


09.08.16

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on CFTC Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Committee will hold a hearing to consider nominees for Commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). What: Consideration of Commodity Futures Trading Commission Nominees Who: Christopher James Brummer, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Brian D. Quintenz, of the District o… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Legislation Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. Title: Business Meeting: H.R. 2647 Date: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 Time: 10:00 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 ra… Continue Reading


08.02.16

Bipartisan Senators Urge USDA to Revise SNAP Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., led a bipartisan group of 47 Senators in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), expressing concerns with the Agency's controversial proposed rule on retailer eligibility requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Text of the letter is as follows: We write today to express our concern regar… Continue Reading


07.27.16

Bipartisan Senators to USDA: Address Organic Livestock, Poultry Concerns Before Publishing Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of 13 Senators in sending a second letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requesting additional information regarding expressed concerns with the Agency's proposed rule on revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. "The proposed rule raises significant concerns regarding the impact on current organic poultry and eg… Continue Reading


07.14.16

House Approves Chairman Roberts’ Agriculture Biotechnology Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced his landmark legislation to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have greater access to food information was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The bipartisan legislation, S.764, crafted by Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.,… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Chairman Roberts: Agriculture Biotechnology Solution Approved by Senate

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 Senate passage of S.764, the bipartisan proposal to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have access to food information they want. The legislation was approved on a 63-30 vote. "Today is a victory for farmers, ranchers, sound science, and anyone who eats on a budget," said Roberts. "Getting to an agreement w… Continue Reading


07.06.16

Agriculture Biotechnology Compromise Clears Second Hurdle; Final Vote Soon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today said the Senate voted to proceed to final debate on his bipartisan proposal to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have access to food information they want. With cloture invoked by a vote of 65-32 the Senate will vote on final passage as early as Thursday. "I'm pleased with the outcome of today's cloture vote," said Roberts. "Thi… Continue Reading


07.06.16

Agriculture Biotechnology Disclosure Solution Gains Support of 1,000+ Food and Agriculture Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, is pleased to announce broad food, agriculture, and retail support of his bipartisan agreement on a Biotechnology Disclosure Solution, which will be considered for a cloture vote later today. "Our bipartisan solution continues to earn more and more support," said Roberts. "Folks up and down the food chain - farmers, manufacturers, restaurants, mom-and-pop stores, chamb… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on Biotechnology Disclosure Procedural Vote

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 Senate's vote to move forward with a bipartisan proposal to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have access to the information they want. "I'm pleased with the outcome of tonight's procedural vote," said Roberts. "The Senate stood up for America's farmers, ranchers, consumers, and sound science. … Continue Reading


06.23.16

Chairman Roberts: Biotechnology Compromise Protects Producers, Informs Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today unveiled a new bipartisan proposal to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology and to ensure consumers have access to the information they want. "Unless we act now, Vermont law denigrating biotechnology and causing confusion in the marketplace is the law of the … Continue Reading

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