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05.17.19

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on U.S. Beef Access to Japan

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 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an agreement between the United States and Japan to eliminate restrictions on U.S. beef exports. "Since 2003, our ranchers have been denied full access to this critical market, and I welcome the good news of the elimination of non-science based trade barriers that will impr… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Climate Change Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing titled, "Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector." Who: Mrs. Debbie Lyons-Blythe, Blythe Family Farms, White City, Kan. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, Ca. Mr. Matthew Rezac, Rezac Farms, Weston, Neb… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Climate Change Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector." Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery at radiotv.senate.gov or 202-224… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Senate Agriculture Committee Sends Three USDA Nominees to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report the USDA nominations of Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety; Naomi Earp to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights; and Scott Hutchins to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics. The nominees may now be considered by the full U.S. … Continue Reading


05.10.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee to Vote on Three USDA Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider three nominations within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Who: Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Naomi C. Earp to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights Scott Hutchins to be Under Secretary of Agricultu… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Stakeholder, Participant Perspectives Ahead of Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Committee prepares to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing titled, "Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization." "This hearing examines child nutrition programs, which have consistently benefited from broad, bipartisan support. The Committee looks forward to that continuing today as we hear perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauth… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Child Nutrition Reauthorization Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing titled, "Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization." Who: Panel I Mr. Brandon Lipps, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Ms. Kathryn Larin, Director, Education, Workforce and Income … Continue Reading


04.03.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Child Nutrition Reauthorization Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization." Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery at radiotv.senate.gov or 20… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Tarbert for CFTC Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report nominee Heath P. Tarbert to be Chairman and a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "I'm pleased our Committee has approved Dr. Tarbert's nomination to head the CFTC, upon Chairman Giancarlo's departure," Roberts said. "Our … Continue Reading


03.14.19

Over One-Third of U.S. Senate Calls for Certainty for Ag Biotech in China Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today led a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump supporting "the continued prioritization of a timely, transparent, and science-based system for the approvals of agricultural biotechnology products." "Over the last few decades, advancements in research and the development of crop technologies in the U.S. have allowed producers to achie… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC Chair Nomination 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 nomination of Dr. Heath Tarbert to be Chairman and a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "While it was not the farmer, rancher, rural cooperative or electric utility who contributed to the financial crisis of 2008, it is often these folks who shoulder the heaviest burden when regulators write and implement ru… Continue Reading


03.08.19

President Signs Bipartisan PRIA into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today said President Trump signed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) into law, bringing certainty to the agriculture industry and other stakeholders. "This law will ensure farmers, consumers and others have an improved process when registering and evaluating the use of pesticides," said Roberts. "The bill was approved by the S… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on CFTC Chair Nominee Tarbert

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Heath Tarbert to be Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Who: Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be CFTC Chairman and a CommissionerDate: Wednesday, March 13, 2019Time: 10:00 amPlace: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Senate Sends PRIA to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today are pleased to announce final Senate passage by voice vote of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "The Senate has once again acted to provide certainty to farmers, consu… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts Applauds Wheeler Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry today applauded Senate confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I look forward to continue working with Administrator Wheeler," Roberts said. "He has taken the time to listen to the concerns of farmers and ranchers regarding the Obama Administration's damaging 'Waters of the U.S.' (WOTUS) rule. EPA, under Mr. Wheeler's… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts: WTO Finds Chinese Price Supports Distort Trade; Applauds USTR Efforts to Fight for U.S. Grain Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced it has found China's price supports for grains, including wheat, are trade distorting and in violation of WTO rules. "I am pleased the U.S. Trade Representative's efforts to stand up for American producers have been successful. We play by international trade rules and must ensure other nati… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Farm Bill Implementation Update from Secretary Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue titled, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." "Secretary Perdue is no stranger to the Committee. In fact, as we successfully worked in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to craft the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, USDA was an important part of the process. Over the last two y… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Implementation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." Who: The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan PRIA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today are pleased to announce Senate passage of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "Today's unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farme… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Roberts, Stabenow, Udall Introduce PRIA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today reintroduced the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "This bipartisan legislation supports EPA in providing timely approvals of crop protection tools to prevent, manage, and e… Continue Reading

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