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01.15.20

Chairman Roberts Joins President Trump, Ag Producers At U.S.-China Trade Agreement Signing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement after joining President Trump at the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement signing ceremony at the White House. "It's a good day for American businesses, especially farmers and ranchers. This agreement is a big step towards a stronger, more reliable trading relationship between the U.S. and China," said Chairman Roberts. "I'm glad to … Continue Reading


01.07.20

Chairman Roberts Welcomes Loeffler to Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released an updated roster of Committee republicans, including new member Senator Kelly Loeffler from Georgia. "I welcome our newest member of the Agriculture Committee, Senator Kelly Loeffler," said Chairman Roberts. "Her farming roots make her a welcome addition to the Committee, and I look forward to her participation." Republican members of the Senate Agricul… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Senate Ag Committee Leaders Mark One-Year Anniversary of Farm Bill

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 released the following statements on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20. "With low prices and trade uncertainty, farmers and ranchers needed this farm bill, and I'm pleased we could provide a level of certainty and predictability," said Roberts. "Once again, members of the Agriculture Committe… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Passage of Bipartisan National Bio and Agro-Defense Legislation, Lands Package

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 passed their bipartisan legislation, S. 2695, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Act of 2019, and a package of lands bills affecting acreage in Tennessee and Virginia. "Today's passage of this legislation means we are one step closer to securing a more robust defense of our nation's agriculture a… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Votes on NBAF, Lands Legislation

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 legislation regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) and a package of lands bills. Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Time: 10:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Agenda: S. 2695, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Act of 2… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on Phase One Trade Agreement with China

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded President Trump's announcement of a phase one trade deal with China. "As the holiday season approaches, the announcement of a phase one trade agreement with China is good news for rural America," said Chairman Roberts. "I applaud and encourage President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer to continue to press forward and bring this deal to a close so our agric… Continue Reading


11.14.19

Chairman Roberts: More Kansas Wheat to go to Brazil

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, applauded today's Trump administration announcement that Brazil has implemented its long-awaited annual duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) of 750,000 metric tons of wheat imports. "At a time of low prices and trade uncertainty, this is welcome news to U.S. wheat growers, especially in Kansas, the largest wheat producing state," said Roberts. "For decades, Brazil has not … Continue Reading


11.14.19

Chairman Roberts Welcomes Re-opening of Chinese Market to U.S. Poultry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, is pleased with today's announcement by U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer that the Chinese market is once again open to U.S. poultry exports. "For the first time since 2015, U.S. poultry producers will have access to the growing Chinese market," said Roberts. "I thank Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Perdue for keeping the pressure on China and continuing effo… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Update on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Program Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing titled, "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs." "A principal duty of this Committee is to ensure the Department has the authority and resources to provide our nation's agricultural producers with the necessary tools to feed a troubled and hungry world. But the responsibilities of the Committee and USDA do not s… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Implementation Hearing on Rural Development, Energy Programs

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, "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs." Who: Panel I Ms. Bette Brand, Administrator, Rural Business Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bruce Lammers, Administrator, Rural Housing Service, United States Dep… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Roberts, Stabenow Introduce NBAF Mission Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced a bipartisan bill to affirm the mission of the National Bio and Agro-Defense facility (NBAF) to provide defense of U.S. food and agriculture. "In order for NBAF to be successful, it must be recognized as a critical piece of the national security effort to defend against bio- and agro-terrorism threats, and this bill will help ensur… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation's food supply and agricultural industries at the border. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation's borders by authorizing U.S. Cu… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Chairman Roberts Applauds Extension on Grassland Conservation Initiative Signup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today is pleased with the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend the deadline for eligible producers to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Grassland Conservation Initiative. "I thank the Department for recognizing the need to extend the signup deadline for the new Grassland Conservation Initiative," said Roberts. "Some pro… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Chairman Roberts Hears from USDA on Farm Bill Implementation

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 hear from USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. "This hearing continues our bipartisan work together. Yes, Republicans and Democrats, Congress, and the Administration, are working together to ensure that these programs operate as we intended and that changes are implemented timely and in the most far… Continue Reading


10.09.19

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 2018 Farm Bill." Who: The Honorable Stephen Censky, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video e… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Chairman Roberts Optimistic on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Signing

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 President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a trade agreement between the United States and Japan. "I applaud the Trump administration for its swift action from announcement to signing of this important trade agreement," said Chairman Roberts. "I'm optimistic that this agreement will allow our farmers… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Chairman Roberts Hears from Beef, Poultry, Sheep, and Pork Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In preparation for consideration of reauthorization of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing to gather perspectives on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors. "These industries are the backbone of American agriculture. Grain production, equipment manufacturing, veterinary services, livestock markets, and many other businesses that populate rural to… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Livestock and Poultry 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 the Livestock and Poultry Sectors." Who: Mrs. Jennifer Houston, President, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and East Tennessee Livestock Center, Sweetwater, Tenn. Mr. Ron Kardel, Vice Chairman, National Turkey Federation, and West Liberty Foods grower, Walcot… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Chairman Roberts Pleased with EPA’s Continued Progress on WOTUS Rule Rollback

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the formal rollback the burdensome, Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS replacement rule is expected early 2020. "I'm glad to see EPA Administrator Wheeler continuing to alleviate regulatory burdens that farmers, ranchers, … Continue Reading


08.25.19

Chairman Roberts Applauds U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement in Principle

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 President Donald Trump announced a trade agreement in principle between the United States and Japan. "I applaud President Trump's persistence in pursuing a trade agreement in principle with Japan, especially for the U.S. agriculture sector," said Chairman Roberts. "U.S. farmers and ranchers currently face a disadvantage in Ja… Continue Reading

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