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02.27.15

Chairman Roberts Highlights New Deadline for Farm Bill Decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following Tuesday's hearing on the 2014 Farm Bill implementation, where both agricultural producers and Senators expressed concern about deadlines for producers to make decisions for commodity programs, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is pleased the U.S. Department of Agriculture heard these concerns and extended the February 27 deadline. Click here for audio. USDA today granted a one-month extension for prod… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Chairman Roberts Holds First Senate Ag Hearing; Committee Hears from Farmers and Ranchers First

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held the first hearing of his chairmanship and breaking with tradition, first heard the concerns of farmers and ranchers on the implementation of the Farm Bill followed by the testimony of U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The hearing, titled "The Agricultural Act of 2014 implementation after one year and Farm Credit Administration nominations,"… Continue Reading


02.19.15

Chairman Roberts Disappointed in Politicized Process of the Dietary Guidelines

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 newly-announced 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations. "I am glad the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report has finally been released, so we can all stop wondering what it was going to say," said Roberts. "This report is disappointing, as it is clear with some of these recommendations, the n… Continue Reading


02.19.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on Farm Bill Implementation and Farm Credit Nominees

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 first hearing of the 114th Congress on the "Agricultural Act of 2014 Implementation after One Year and Farm Credit Administration Nominations." The hearing will feature testimony from a variety of agricultural producers as well as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The Committee will also review two nominees slated to… Continue Reading


02.13.15

Chairman Roberts to Hold Senate Agriculture Hearing on Farm Bill Implementation and Farm Credit Nominees

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 its first hearing of the 114th Congress on the Agricultural Act of 2014 implementation after one year and Farm Credit Administration nominations. What: The Agricultural Act of 2014 implementation after one year and Farm Credit Administration nominations Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell… Continue Reading


02.09.15

Chairman Roberts Announces More New Hires for Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional staff selections. "I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agriculture policymaking to the staff," Roberts said. "Our team is now complete and we look forward to our first hearing at the end of the month." Chairman Roberts will add the following individuals to the Agriculture Committee staff: Maddy Connor, Staff Assista… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Leaders of Ag Panels Meet to Discuss Ways to Work Together to Promote Ag and Rural America

WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) today issued the following statements after meeting to discuss ways they can work together to strengthen the agriculture economy and rural America in the 114th Congress. "Senator Roberts is a friend and a strong conservative leader in the Senate," Conaway said. "I look forward to working together to promote strong farm poli… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Roberts Responds to President’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today said the President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal ignores the concerns of the nation's farmers and ranchers. "I have heard repeatedly from farmers in Kansas and across the country that crop insurance is the key tool in managing risks associated with drought, flood, freeze, hail, and other weather events," Roberts said. "The President's budget again turns a deaf ear to our… Continue Reading


01.28.15

Chairman Roberts Announces New Ag Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced the new Subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress. At a business meeting today, the full Senate Agriculture Committee approved the Committee Funding Resolution, the Committee Rules and Subcommittee assignments. "We are lucky to have a wealth of experience in former and current chairs of not only our committee, but others in the Senate, as well a… Continue Reading


01.23.15

Chairman Roberts Announces New Hires for Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional senior staff selections. "I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agriculture policymaking to the staff," Roberts said. "With our first business meeting scheduled for next week, we are ready to get to work." In addition to Staff Director Joel Leftwich and Communications Director Sarah Little announced earlier this month,… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Chairman Roberts to Hold Agriculture Committee Business Meeting

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 Business Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 4:00pm to welcome new members and to approve the Committee Funding Resolution, Committee Rules, and Subcommittee Assignments. WHAT: Business Meeting of the Full Senate Agriculture Committee WHEN: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm ET WHERE: 328A R… Continue Reading


01.12.15

In Case You Missed It: Kansas and National Ag Leaders Praise Roberts’ Ag Chairmanship

WASHINGTON, DC - As U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan) becomes the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, there is widespread support from Kansas and national agriculture leaders for Roberts' chairmanship. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback: "Roberts will work tirelessly to make sure that the federal government does not get in the way of farm families who are working to produce the safest, most abundant food supply in the world." Kansas Agriculture Secretary Jackie Mc… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Selection of Key Agriculture Committee Staff

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced his senior staff selections. "We have a great, hard-working team in place with experience in the Senate, in farming and ranching, and in leadership roles within agriculture," Senator Roberts said. "I am also proud to say they are all Kansans." Staff Director: Joel LeftwichJoel Leftwich most recently worked as Senior Director for PepsiCo's Public Policy and Governm… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Senator Roberts Makes History

Senator Roberts Makes History; Becomes First to Serve as Ag Chairman in both House and Senate Roberts Continues Work for Farmers and Ranchers Now and into the Future WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today took another step forward in his work to advance American agriculture when he was selected to chair the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Roberts makes history becoming the first member of Congress to hold the top Agriculture post in both the U.S… Continue Reading


11.18.14

2014 Farm Bill Changes Lead Miss. Sawmill to First USDA Biobased Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today applauded a northeast Mississippi company for securing the first U.S. Department of Agriculture biobased certification for forest products since the 2014 farm bill made wood and forest products eligible for the procurement and labeling program. Hankins, Inc. in Ripley has received approval from the USDA to use the certified biobased product label for its kiln-dried southern yellow pine products. The certification makes it the first c… Continue Reading


10.23.14

Ag Committee Senators Request Immediate Withdrawal of New Clean Water Act Regs for Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government and should be immediately withdrawn, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee asserted today. Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Cochran, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)… Continue Reading


10.15.14

Cochran, USDA Organize Farm Bill & Crop Insurance Listening Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and staff with the Senate Agriculture Committee and the office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have scheduled two listening sessions at which agriculture producers in Mississippi can provide input and ask questions about new programs authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Cochran staff, U.S. Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini will be available during the li… Continue Reading


10.03.14

Cochran Asks USDA to Protect Rural Electric Associations from Impact of EPA Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture should ensure that rural electric services and investments will not be harmed by proposed federal climate change regulations on power plants. Cochran, ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, has signed a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that he work with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and rural elect… Continue Reading


09.05.14

Cochran Promotes Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, today encouraged producers with cotton base acres in Mississippi and throughout the Sunbelt to consider enrolling in an interim safety net program created for them in the 2014 farm bill. An October 7 deadline has been set for upland cotton producers to enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), a program to ensure they are protected as the U.S. Department of Agriculture fu… Continue Reading


08.04.14

Cochran Hears Miss. Delta Views on Farm Bill Implementation

BELZONI, Miss. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today met with agriculture and community leaders here to listen to their views and concerns regarding implementation of the 2014 farm bill, including catfish inspections and the new agricultural production safety net programs. Cochran, ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said he was interested in hearing first-hand how well the U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out the many reforms and improvements built in the 201… Continue Reading

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