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05.01.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Child Nutrition 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 child nutrition programs. What: A Review of Child Nutrition Programs Who: Panel I: Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C. Ms. Zoe Neuberger, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget a… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Avian Flu Emergency Assistance Granted to Poultry, Egg Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after requesting emergency assistance for poultry and egg producers whose flocks were hit with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 infections, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday granted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack authority to issue emergency assistance for poultry and egg producers whose flocks were hit with the virus. U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership Wednesday called for emergency assistance to be distributed to produc… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act Review

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 reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. What: Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Who: Mr. Bill Gordon, Member, Board of Directors, American Soybean Association, Worthington, Minn. Mr. David Ayers, President, American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agencies, Urbana, Ill. Mr. Tim Paurus, Representative, National … Continue Reading


04.30.15

Chairman Roberts Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule

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 The Federal Water Quality Protection Act to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 'Waters of the United States' proposed rule. "I'm proud to lead agriculture's charge in pushing back against EPA's egregious federal overreach. Complying with the 'Waters of the U.S.' rule is consistently the number one co… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

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 to review child nutrition programs. What: A Review of Child Nutrition Programs Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Agriculture Committee Leadership Ask for Avian Flu Emergency Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership today called for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers whose flocks suffered losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 infections. 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., sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. The following is th… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act Review

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 reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. What: Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Due to limited space in the hearing room, press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Chairman Roberts Hears from Government, Agriculture Stakeholders on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. The hearing, titled "Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba," has two panels. For witness info, testimony, and to watch the hearing live, click here. "At the beginning of this Congress, I was hopeful that trade would be one area where we could work across the aisl… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Macon, Miss. Resident Completes Internship with U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Kelsey Unruh, a Macon, Miss. resident, this week completed a semester-long internship in office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, under Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "I could not have spent my semester in a better way," Unruh said. "I am so grateful to Senator Roberts and his staff for this opportunity." Unruh, daughter of Dorsey and Lynda Unruh of Macon, Miss., will begin her third year of law school in the fall at University of Alabama in Tuscalo… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - 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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Who: Panel I The Honorable Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Mr. Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant … Continue Reading


04.08.15

Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - 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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Chairman Roberts Highlights Deadline Extension for Farm Bill Programs

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 regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's deadline extension for commodity programs created in the 2014 Farm Bill. "It is evident USDA listened to the concerns expressed by producers at the Senate Agriculture Committee's first hearing on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill," Chairman Roberts said. "This step shows America'… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Rural America Weighs In On Murky ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule at Senate Agriculture Committee 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 the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The proposed WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction under EPA's Clean Water Act and has ignited widespread concern from farmers, ranchers and rural constituencies around the country. The hearing, titled "Waters of the United States: Sta… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on ‘Waters of the U.S.’

WASHINGTON, DC - 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the Unites States" (WOTUS) proposed rule. The proposed WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction under EPA's Clean Water Act and has ignited widespread concern from farmers, ranchers and rural constituencies around the country. The hearing will feature testimony fro… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Chairman Roberts Issues Statement on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in celebration of National Agriculture Day. "National Agriculture Day ought to be celebrated every day to recognize the hard work of America's farmers and ranchers. "As chairman, it is truly a privilege to work on behalf of some of the best folks in the world. American agriculture is an industry that is relied on by every American, … Continue Reading


03.16.15

Senators Roberts, Stabenow, Alexander and Murray Call for Extension of Dietary Guidelines Comment Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A key, bipartisan group of four senators today requested a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) Scientific Report. Chairmen Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., joined Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., in sending a letter requesting the extension to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwe… Continue Reading


03.16.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Waters of the U.S. 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 stakeholder perspectives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States proposed rule. What: Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA's Proposed Rule Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.11.15

POSTPONED: Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - Due to scheduling conflicts, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry's hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba is postponed. A media advisory will be distributed once a date is scheduled. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 TBD Time: 10:00 a.m. TBD Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.09.15

U.S. Senate Approves Farm Credit Administration Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that by voice vote the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jeffery Hall and Dallas Tonsager to serve on the Farm Credit Administration Board of the Farm Credit Administration. "I am pleased the Senate acted swiftly to confirm these nominees," said Sen. Roberts. "At the hearing on their nominations we discussed how they would ensure there was robust o… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Chairman Roberts Pledges to Bring Folks to the Table Throughout Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Legislative Action Conference for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said he would bring everyone to the table as the debate over reauthorizing child nutrition programs begins. "We need to find a way to bring folks together and have a big picture discussion on how to retain the great advancements that some schools have made, and to allow other districts t… Continue Reading

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