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05.13.16

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors

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 to review the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors. Title: A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace‎ Opportunities and Challenges Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on the Farm Credit System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee's hearing on the Farm Credit System. What: The Farm Credit System: Oversight and Outlook of the Current Economic Climate Who: Panel I The Honorable Ken Spearman, Chairman, Farm Credit Administration Board, McLean, Va. The Honorable Dallas Tonsager, Member, Farm Credit Administration, Chairman, Farm Credit Insurance Sy… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Chairman Roberts Announces Farm Credit Hearing

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 Farm Credit System. Title: The Farm Credit System: Oversight and Outlook of the Current Economic Climate Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 Time: 10:15 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery … Continue Reading


04.22.16

Bipartisan Senators to Ambassador Froman: Defend Agriculture in T-TIP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today led 26 Senators in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, urging a strong framework for American agriculture in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The 13th round of T-TIP negotiations start Monday in New York. "America's farmers and ranchers feed the world. Let them do so without senseless barriers and tariffs," sai… Continue Reading


04.19.16

Chairmen Roberts, Inhofe Statement on EPA Response for Anti-Farmer Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today released a statement after receiving a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector general regarding the Agency's taxpayer funded, anti-farmer campaign. "I am pleased the EPA inspector general agrees that an investigation into the Northwes… Continue Reading


04.14.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Chairman’s Mark on CFTC Reauthorization

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 the Chairman's Mark to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was favorably reported out of the Committee on a 11-9 vote. Due to scheduling, the final vote occurred off the Senate floor. The manager's package was considered as part of the underlying bill text without objection. The Chairman's Mark addresses many c… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Chairman’s Mark on CFTC Reauthorization Receives Support from Rural America

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 support of his Chairman's Mark on reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will be considered at the Committee's business meeting on Thursday. "This legislation has the widespread support of the folks who will benefit from real CFTC reforms the most - rural America. Additional stakeholder support is pouring in dail… Continue Reading


04.13.16

UPDATED TIME: Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Commodity Futures Trading Commission Reauthorization 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 on April 14 to markup legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Title: Business Meeting Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 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 Gal… Continue Reading


04.05.16

Inhofe, Roberts Request IG Investigation of EPA Funds on Anti-Farmer Campaign

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today sent a letter to Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., the inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requesting an audit and investigation of an EPA grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission used to support an anti-farmer advocacy campaign in… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Chairman Pat Roberts: EPA Funds Used to Attack Farmers

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 an anti-agriculture billboard in Washington state funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "This disturbing billboard is a bold example of exactly what America's farmers and ranchers complain about all the time: the EPA has an agenda antagonistic to producers. Whether it's overly burdensome and costly regulatio… Continue Reading


03.24.16

Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy to Hold Hearing on USDA Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, today announced a hearing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development programs before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy. Roberts serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Ernst serves as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy and will chair the hearing. What: USDA Rural Development Programs and their Econo… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Senator Roberts’ Statement on Biotech Labeling Cloture Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today released the following statement regarding the Senate's failure to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill: "For more than a year, I have called on my colleagues across the aisle to come to the negotiating table to address the problems facing the nation's marketplace should states continue to mandate confusing and differing biotechnology labeling standards… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Chairman Roberts on Biotechnology Labeling: ‘It’s Time to Act.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today urged the Senate to support his legislation to provide a uniform standard for bioengineering and an incentive to provide more information on biotechnology to consumers. The Biotechnology Labeling Solutions bill is Chairman Roberts' compromise legislation to prevent an unworkable patchwork of state-by-state biotechnology labeling laws. The legislation creates a national voluntary standard that would… Continue Reading


03.14.16

Senate Begins Debate on Chairman Roberts’ Biotechnology Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the Senate has proceeded to floor debate on his proposal to provide a uniform standard for bioengineering and an incentive to provide more information on biotechnology to consumers. "This legislation is a true compromise," said Chairman Roberts. "I have worked with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to find a balance between consumers' right to kn… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions

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 the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6. The legislation, which creates a national solution for a state-by-state patchwork of biotechnology labeling laws, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Chairman Roberts will continue to work toward a final solution t… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on EEMAC Position Limits Report

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) Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) released a report today on position limits. "I am encouraged that the CFTC has been convening meetings of the EEMAC under Commissioner Giancarlo's leadership and issued a report on their recent findings," said Cha… Continue Reading


02.25.16

RESCHEDULED: Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Markup

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 on March 1 to consider the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions. The previously scheduled business meeting was postponed due to changes in the Senate floor schedule. Title: Business Meeting to consider the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Time: … Continue Reading


02.24.16

POSTPONED: Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Due to changes on the Senate floor, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry's business meeting to consider the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions is postponed until next week. A media advisory will be distributed once a date is scheduled. -30-… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Chairman’s Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Garners Widespread Support

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 and agriculture industry support of his Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions, which will be considered at the Committee's business meeting on Thursday. "Our draft has the overwhelming support of virtually every agricultural industry from field to fork and beyond," Roberts said. "This demonstrates the widespread concerns of… Continue Reading


02.19.16

Chairman Roberts Announces Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Markup

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 on Feb. 25 to consider the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions. Title: Business Meeting to consider the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Date: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video … Continue Reading

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