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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


07.21.15

Chairman Roberts Releases Statement on Fifth Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

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 on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act. "Farmers, ranchers and end-users did not cause the 2008 financial crisis, and Congress did not intend for them to be subject to Title VII of Dodd-Frank. However, five long years later, they continue to be subjected to a bounty of rules and regulations stemming from the regulatory imple… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Chairman Roberts Reviews Forestry Bills, Hears from USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a legislative hearing to review pending U.S. Forest Service and forestry-related bills. "I hope this hearing serves as a reminder to the U.S. Forest Service and stakeholders that we are a resource and an ally to address policy questions now before Congress, such as catastrophic wildfire and forest management," Chairman Roberts said. "Forestry, much like produ… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Chairman Roberts Welcomes Implementation of USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program

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. Department of Agriculture announced the release of the new Conservation Reserve Program regulations as well as new conservation incentives for agriculture producers with working grass, range and pasture lands. As of Sept. 1, 2015, agriculture producers can apply for financial aid to help conserve working grasslands, r… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witness, Agenda for Forestry Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the witness and agenda for the Committee's hearing on pending forestry legislation. What: Legislative Hearing to Review Pending Forest Service and Forestry Related Bills Who: The Honorable Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 Time: 10:00 … Continue Reading


07.09.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Forestry 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 legislative hearing to review pending Forest Service and forestry related bills. Title: Legislative Hearing to Review Pending Forest Service and Forestry Related Bills Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Chairmen Roberts, Alexander Urge Sound Science in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging them to base the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on "sound scientific evidence and medical knowledge" and limit "agenda-driven" recommendations to nutrition and diet. In February, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) sent to the Secretaries a nearly … Continue Reading

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