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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


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

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