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12.16.15

Roberts Secures COOL Repeal in Funding Bill, U.S. Exports to Escape Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today is pleased to announce the inclusion of mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) repeal in the year-end funding bill, currently awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. COOL, first authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill and amended in the 2008 Farm Bill, was found by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to violate trade agreements made between the U.S., Canada, and… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Chairman Roberts: ‘Retaliation is Becoming a Realization’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today highlighted a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision authorizing Canada and Mexico to place tariffs on over $1 billion of American-made goods. This retaliation amount is the result of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, first authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill and amended in the 2008 Farm Bill, which requires meat labels detailing where livestock were born,… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Chairman Roberts Praises Passage of FAST Act and Restoration of Crop Insurance Cuts

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 House and Senate passage of H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act includes a provision to restore a $3 billion crop insurance cut originally included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. During acolloquy on the Senate Floor in October, Chairman Roberts highlighted an agreement he brokered with Senate le… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Chairman Roberts Examines U.S. Agriculture Programs Combating Global Hunger

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 agriculture industry's role in combating global hunger. "Tonight, one in nine people - that's over 800 million worldwide - will go to bed hungry," said Chairman Roberts. "Around the world impoverished regions are facing increasing challenges in feeding their people - from political unrest and social conflict like what we face in places like Ye… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Action to Restore Cuts to Crop Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today applauded action in the transportation conference report that would restore $3 billion in cuts to crop insurance. "I appreciate the dedication to America's farmers shown by our leadership today in ensuring crop insurance remains the number one tool in our producers' risk management tool box," Chairman Pat Roberts said. "I thank Leader McConnell, Senator Cornyn, S… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Global Hunger Issues

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 agriculture industry's role in combating global hunger. Title: Agriculture's Role in Combating Global Hunger Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 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 Gall… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing on Wildfire

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 U.S. wildfire budgetary impacts and threats to natural resources. "I want to emphasize that our Committee has oversight responsibilities over the U.S. Forest Service, whose primary mission is to sustain the overall health, diversity and productivity of our country's national forests" said Chairman Roberts. "It is time Congress, the Administration… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senate Passes Resolution of Disapproval of ‘WOTUS’ Rule

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.J.Res.22, a joint resolution of disapproval of EPA's 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. This resolution, introduced by Agriculture Committee Member Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, would nullify EPA's egregious and overreaching WOTUS rule, if signed by the President. "This legislation will put Senators on-record opposi… Continue Reading


11.03.15

Chairman Roberts Continues Fight Against WOTUS on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today on the Senate floor spoke in favor of advancing The Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory overreach on Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140) was approved by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee in June and requires EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw … Continue Reading


10.30.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Wildfire Hearing

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 upcoming hearing on U.S. wildfire budgetary impacts and threats to natural resources. Title: Wildfire: Stakeholder Perspectives on Budgetary Impacts and Threats to Natural Resources on Federal, State and Private Lands Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Who: Dan D… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Roberts, Stabenow Commit to Finding Bipartisan Solution on Crop Insurance in Upcoming Omnibus Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reaffirming their stance against reopening the 2014 Farm Bill to further cuts, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced their commitment to finding a bipartisan solution that ensures crop insurance remains an effective risk management tool for American farmers and ranchers. "I am pleased House and Senate leadership have listened to our concerns and have agreed to restore funds to crop insura… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Chairman Roberts: Senate Leadership Commits to Bipartisan Fix to Restore Crop Insurance in Omnibus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Having secured a commitment from House and Senate leadership to restore the federal crop insurance program in a year-end spending bill, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced his support for the Bipartisan Budget Act to ensure crop insurance remains the most important risk management tool for American producers. "I am pleased House and Senate leadership have listened to our concerns and have agreed to restore funds to crop insurance," … Continue Reading


10.27.15

Ag Committee Leaders Stand United Against Reopening Farm Bill to New Crop Insurance Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., made the following statements on the budget deal. The Members of Congress stand united against reopening the 2014 Farm Bill to further cuts, emphasizing that the proposed cuts to crop insurance in the budget agreement would undermine a critical risk management tool for American agriculture … Continue Reading


10.27.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Wildfire 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 U.S. wildfire budgetary impacts and threats to natural resources. Title: Wildfire: Stakeholder Perspectives on Budgetary Impacts and Threats to Natural Resources on Federal, State and Private Lands Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Pre… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Roberts, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Farmers Purchase New Equipment and Replace Worn-Out Machinery

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for certain agricultural equipment. The current tax code sets a seven-year depreciation cost recovery period for agricultural equipment. Changing the depreciation schedule for agricultural equipment to five years would make the tax code … Continue Reading


10.21.15

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds First Biotechnology Hearing in 10 Years

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 agriculture biotechnology with federal regulators and perspectives from producers and consumers. "This is the first time in 10 years this Committee has held a hearing on agriculture biotechnology, a topic that is of utmost importance for producers in meeting the global food challenge" said Chairman Roberts. "Science has come a long way in those 10… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Agriculture Biotechnology Hearing

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 federal regulation of agriculture biotechnology. What: Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives Who: Panel I Mr. Michael Gregoire, Associate Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Mr. Wil… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Chairman Roberts to Secretary Vilsack: Producers Need Predictability with ARC/PLC Programs

OVERLAND PARK, KS - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today wrote to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack regarding the lack of certainty and communication to farmers about commodity programs. At issue is the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) implementation of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program. According to law, payments to eligible producers participating in these programs were to… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Chairman Roberts Applauds Appeals Court Ruling on WOTUS

OVERLAND PARK, KS - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today applauded an Appeals Court Ruling that halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's overreaching rule regarding the definition of "Waters of the U.S." pending further judicial review. "I applaud the court for halting the rule in all states to allow justice, and some might say commonsense, to play out," Roberts said. "Due to the widespread confusion and fr… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Chairman Roberts Releases Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

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 Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations concluded this morning in Atlanta, Ga. "Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are now complete, and I look forward to taking a hard look at the details to determine if the trade deal will be beneficial to American agriculture and the Kansas economy," said Chairman Roberts. "It is impera… Continue Reading

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