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07.18.19

Chairman Roberts Receives Update from USDA on Farm Bill Research Programs

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, "Agricultural Research and 2018 Farm Bill Implementation." "In crafting the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Ranking Member Stabenow and I, along with members of this Committee, recognized that we had to continue to build on the strong history of agricultural research in the United States," said Chairman Roberts. "I look forward to hear… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hemp Production 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, "Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill." Who: Panel I The Honorable Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. The Honorable Stephen Alexander Vaden, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washingt… Continue Reading


07.11.19

Peters, Roberts, Cornyn & Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect our food supply and agricultural industries at the border. Agricultural inspectors work to prevent the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals and goods into the United Stat… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Ag Research 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, "Agricultural Research and 2018 Farm Bill Implementation." Who: Dr. Scott Hutchins, Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C. Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Time: 10:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senat… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Chairman Roberts Hears from Industry Stakeholders Ahead of CFTC 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 titled, "The State of the Derivatives Market and Perspectives for CFTC Reauthorization." "This Committee has distinct jurisdiction over the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and its role implementing law governing the world-wide derivative markets as authorized in the Commodity Exchange Act," said Chairman Roberts. "We have worked together, in a… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce CFTC 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, "The State of the Derivatives Market and Perspectives for CFTC Reauthorization." Who: Mr. Thomas Sexton, President and CEO, National Futures Association, Chicago, Ill. The Honorable Walter Lukken, President and CEO, Futures Industry Association, Washington, D.C. Mr. Joe Barker, D… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Chairman Roberts Hears from Administration on Current, Future Ag Trade Efforts

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, "Certainty in Global Markets for the U.S. Agriculture Sector." "It is time to look toward the future. While an update of activities is certainly appropriate, today, I hope to also hear about the future of U.S. agriculture trade policy. This includes not just restoring certainty to markets that the U.S. either had through negotiated agreement… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Trade 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, "Certainty in Global Markets for the U.S. Agriculture Sector." Who: The Honorable Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, D.C. The Honorable Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs,… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Roberts Applauds CFTC Chair Tarbert Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded Senate confirmation of Heath P. Tarbert to be Chairman and a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "I applaud the Senate's quick, bipartisan action to confirm Dr. Tarbert to head the CFTC," Roberts said. "He has the support of a range of agricultural groups, and I'm confident he will lead the CFTC well." The Committee held a… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on EPA EPCRA Rulemaking

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. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule on Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know-Act (EPCRA) reporting requirements, clarifying that air emissions from farms and ranches are exempt from EPCRA reporting requirements. "I'm pleased the EPA has acted to give further certainty to farmers, ran… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Chairman Roberts Announces Agriculture Committee Staff Changes, Promotions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry today announced staff changes and promotions to his Committee staff. "My Agriculture Committee staff is made up of a variety of agricultural backgrounds and expertise, and I am pleased to announce several new team members and promotions," said Chairman Roberts. "We have a busy schedule ahead, and we are hard at work on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and others with an inte… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Variety of Perspectives on Agriculture’s Role in Climate Change

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, "Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector." "Maintaining the health of our planet for future generations is, of course, of paramount importance," said Chairman Roberts. "So is feeding the billions of people that populate the Earth today and in the years ahead." "It is important to note there has been no single silver-bullet solution that h… Continue Reading


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

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