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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


02.09.16

Chairman Roberts: Obama’s Budget Turns Deaf Ear to Rural America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today made the following statement after reviewing President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress, which includes legislative proposals to cut the federal crop insurance program by $18 billion. "As farmers and ranchers are faced with the daily uncertainties of weather and volatile market conditions, the Obama Administration has once again chosen to attack … Continue Reading


02.04.16

Chairman Roberts and Staff Receive Wheat Awards for Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, today received awards for their leadership on issues important to wheat producers from the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Roberts also addressed the NAWG Winter Conference. "I am honored to be recognized for our efforts on behalf of wheat growers," said Roberts. "The Committee has … Continue Reading


02.04.16

Agriculture Committee Members Congratulate NASDA on 100th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; this week introduced S.Res. 360, a resolution acknowledging the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture's (NASDA) 100th anniversary and its commitment to promoting the interests of American farmers and ranchers, both domestically and abroad. On May 4, 1916, NASDA held its first meeting i… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Chairman Roberts Calls on CFTC to Answer for Misguided Accounting Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, sent a letter to Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), calling for answers regarding CFTC's misguided accounting practices. "I am concerned these accounting practices are revealing either incompetence at best or willful negligence on the part of the CFTC, especially following the revelation of the same transgressions by the Securiti… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership Congratulate Farm Credit on 100 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced S.Res. 349, a resolution acknowledging the Farm Credit System's 100th anniversary and its continued service to meet the credit and financial needs of rural communities. On July 17, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Farm Loan Act establishing the Farm Credit System. Through the enactment of the Farm Credit Act of 1971, Congress deeme… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today held a business meeting where bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee. The legislation, "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016," reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of … Continue Reading


01.20.16

Chairman Roberts: Child Nutrition Reauthorization One Step Closer

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 to consider a bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs for five years. The legislation, "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016," reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The Committee is expected to favorably repor… Continue Reading


01.13.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Child Nutrition Reauthorization Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting on Jan. 20 to markup Committee Print: Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. Title: Business Meeting Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 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… Continue Reading


01.07.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Launches Updated Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today launched a redesigned website to help folks stay up-to-date with the important work happening in the Committee. The site, which remains located at www.agriculture.senate.gov, will be a one stop shop for information ranging from past and upcoming hearings to legislation before the Committee, as well as press releases and social media accounts for both Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie S… Continue Reading


12.18.15

COOL Repeal Passes Senate, Protecting American Agriculture, Businesses from Retaliation

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 mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) repeal for beef and pork in the year-end funding bill. The bill is headed to the President to be signed into law. "U.S. exporters can now breathe a sigh of relief," said Chairman Roberts. "From the ranchers in Kansas to the jewelry makers on the East Coast, every state had somethin… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Chairman Roberts Applauds CFTC Rule Relieving Market Participants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for its decision to relieve certain commodity market participants, including farmers, ranchers and grain elevator operators, of overly burdensome paperwork and recordkeeping requirements. The Commission voted unanimously to finalize amendments to CFTC Regulation 1.35, a recordkeeping rule regarding commo… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Roberts, Stabenow: Child Nutrition Top Priority in New Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting in January 2016 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs. "Child nutrition reauthorization will be the Committee's first priority in the new year," said Chairman Roberts. "We have combed through these programs to increase efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and integrity. We ow… Continue Reading

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