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07.07.15

Chairman Roberts Hears Avian Flu Challenges, Response, Paths Forward

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: the impact on the U.S. poultry sector and protecting U.S. poultry flocks. In early 2015, outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) began appearing in backyard flocks and in a few isolated commercial poultry flocks. The disease has spread rapidly and forced egg and poultry producers to depopulate millions of birds acros… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Senators Roberts, Moran Commend Kansans Appointed to Agricultural Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas today applauded the appointment of three Kansas agribusiness professionals to serve on three Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees. Steve Baccus of Minneapolis, Kan., was appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee; Tracy Brunner of Lost Springs was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products; and Ron Suppes of Dighton was appointed to the Agricultural Tech… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses, New Time for Hearing on Avian Influenza

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 impacts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the U.S. poultry sector. What: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks Who: Panel I Dr. John R. Clifford, Deputy Administrator, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Service… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Chairman Roberts on COOL: Retaliation is Coming, and Now is the Time to Act

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 Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. "If you take anything away from my remarks today, I hope it is this: facts are stubborn things, and whether you support COOL or oppose COOL, the fact is retaliation is coming. And this committee has to fix it," Chair… Continue Reading


06.22.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling

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 Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. What: Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Retaliation: What's at Stake for America's Farmers, Ranchers, Businesses and Consumers Who: Panel I Mr. Barry Carpenter, CEO, North Am… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling Impacts, Actions

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 Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. Title: Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Retaliation: What's at Stake for America's Farmers, Ranchers, Businesses and Consumers Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 Time: 10:00 am Place: … Continue Reading


06.11.15

Senators Roberts, Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Agriculture Participation in Commodities Markets and Bolster Information Sharing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers and ranchers are protected from a reinterpretation of a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulation that allows for sufficient time to send payments to their Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) and to repeal a requirement that impedes international data sharing. "As the Senate Agriculture Committee works to reauthorize the CFTC, I am prioritizing t… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Avian Influenza Impacts

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 impacts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the U.S. poultry sector. What: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building **Please note: Space will be li… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Chairman Roberts Applauds House Passage of COOL Repeal

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today praised the House for passing legislation to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat. "I applaud the House for its swift action to prevent retaliation from Canada and Mexico," said Roberts. "My counterpart in the House, Chairman Mike Conaway, has done an incredible job leading a bipartisan and decisive charge to protect American agriculture. "I am continuing to take sugg… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Chairman Roberts: Federal Water Quality Protection Act Approved by EPW Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory overreach on Waters of the U.S. was approved by the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW). The legislation now awaits debate by the full Senate. "I am glad to work with EPW Chairman Jim Inhofe against EPA's gross overreach on rural America," Roberts said. "EPA has ignor… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Chairman Roberts Joins Bipartisan Bill to Halt Duplicative EPA Pesticide Permit Requirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today with a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act to eliminate redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Introduced by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the proposed legislation amends the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act … Continue Reading


05.27.15

Chairman Roberts Condemns ‘WOTUS’ Rulemaking Process, Calls on EPA to Start Fresh

MANHATTAN, Kan. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement after the White House Office of Management and Budget released the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's finalized 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The release of the nearly 300-page, finalized WOTUS rule raises more questions than it answers about the expansion of federal jurisdiction under EPA's Clean Water Act. In Marc… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Federal Grain Inspection Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a business meeting and passed the "U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015," which authorizes USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. "This bipartisan legislation provides much needed transparency and predictability throughout the federal grai… Continue Reading


05.20.15

UPDATED: Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Prieto Nomination, Business Meeting on Grain Inspection Reauthorization

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 to mark up and vote on bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire in September. The U.S. Grain Standards Act authorizes USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthori… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Chairman Roberts to Protect U.S. Agriculture After WTO Ruling on Country-of-Origin Labeling

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 World Trade Organization (WTO) handed down its fourth and final ruling on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) against the United States. "As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will consider any solution - including repeal regarding meat - that will allow the United States to be WTO-compliant and avoid retaliati… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Chairman Roberts Focuses on Market Liquidity, End-User Regulatory Issues in CFTC Reauthorization Hearing

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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. "July marks the five year anniversary of passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. Not too long after, this Committee began reviewing its impacts on farmers, ranchers, and end-users. We have had several hearings with numerous on-the-ground witnesses and h… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on CFTC Regulatory Issues

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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. What: Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity Who: Panel I The Honorable Timothy Massad, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington, D.C. Panel II Mr. Terrence A. Duffy, Ex… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Chairman Roberts Calls for Timeliness, Bipartisanship in Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing to review child nutrition programs, which expire in September. As school districts of all sizes across America are having difficulties implementing the new regulations, Chairman Roberts has been eating school lunches with students across Kansas and hearing firsthand what does and does not work from both sides of the serving line. In addition, signifi… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on CFTC Regulatory 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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. Title: Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Senate Agriculture Committee Reviews the U.S. Grain Standards Act, Hears Stakeholder Perspectives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing to review the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire this year. The U.S. Grain Standards Act authorizes USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. "Predictability and transparency are key to maintaining a global success stor… Continue Reading

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