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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


10.01.15

Chairman Roberts Announces 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 the Committee will hold a hearing on the federal regulation of agriculture biotechnology with perspectives from producers and consumers. Title: Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringin… Continue Reading


09.28.15

Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015 Heads to President’s Desk

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 passage of H.R. 2051, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation, which reauthorizes Mandatory Price Reporting (MPR), the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA), passed the Senate Sept. 21. For more information on the bill, click here. "We cleared the final hurdle today," s… Continue Reading


09.21.15

Senate Passes Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015

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 H.R. 2051, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation, which reauthorizes Mandatory Price Reporting (MPR), the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA), was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee Thursday, Sept. 17. For more on the bill, click here. "… Continue Reading


09.21.15

Senate Passes Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015

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 H.R. 2051, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation, which reauthorizes Mandatory Price Reporting (MPR), the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA), was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee Thursday, Sept. 17. For more on the bill, click here. "… Continue Reading


09.18.15

Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership Request Avian Flu Info from USDA

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting more information regarding USDA's preparedness efforts during the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak. The Agriculture Committee in July held a hearing on the impacts of HPAI where USDA officials and poultry producers testified. The f… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Reauthorization Package for Price Reporting, Forest Foundation and Grain Inspection

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 bipartisan legislation was passed to reauthorize Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. H.R. 2051, as amended, was passed by voice vote and now heads to the Senate floor for consideration. To watch the hearing, click here. The following is Chairman Roberts' opening statement as… Continue Reading


09.15.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Business Meeting to Reauthorize Mandatory Price Reporting, National Forest Foundation and Grain Standards Act

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 mark up and vote on bipartisan legislation reauthorizing Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Title: Business Meeting Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/vid… Continue Reading


09.14.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Markup on Mandatory Price Reporting, National Forest Foundation Act and Grain Standards Act

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 Sept. 17 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing several programs expiring on Sept. 30. The Committee on Thursday will markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. "In past Congresses, important programs were… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Roberts Praises Decision to Halt EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule in Several States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is pleased to announce a decision by a federal judge to halt the damaging 'Waters of the U.S.' (WOTUS) rule from implementation in 13 states. Just a day before the WOTUS rule was set to go into effect, North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Erickson yesterday issued a preliminary injunction to stop the WOTUS rule in North Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Ida… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Bill Halting Duplicative EPA Pesticide Permit Requirement Approved by Committee

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is pleased to announce the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today passed S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Roberts, eliminates redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications. "This duplicative pesticide permitting requirement provides no environmental protections or bene… Continue Reading


07.30.15

ICYMI: Chairman Roberts: Canada Condemns Proposed Voluntary COOL Labeling System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today said his legislation to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat is the surest way to avoid $3.2 billion in trade retaliation following a statement from Canada's Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz condemning the voluntary labeling system proposed by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts last week intr… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Child Nutrition Reauthorization Markup

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 Sept. 17 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs. Chairman Roberts is working with Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and other Committee members to craft a reauthorization package that increases efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and integrity. "We must reauthorize these programs so ch… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Chairman Roberts Moves to Protect U.S. Economy from $3.2 Billion in Trade Retaliation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry today spoke on the Senate floor about his amendment to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken - required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. The amendment can be found Audio and video of Senator Roberts' remarks can be downloaded here. The most recent statem… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Chairman Roberts Files Amendment to Repeal Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling to Avoid Billions in Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today filed an amendment to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken - required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. "As I've said before, whether you support or oppose COOL, the fact is retaliation is coming," said Roberts. "We need to protect the U.S. economy f… Continue Reading

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