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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


07.22.14

Cochran: Waters of the U.S. Rule a Source of Uncertainty, Anxiety & Distrust for Rural Areas, Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today continued to raise red flags about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday met with the Senators to discuss their concern… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Cochran Reminds New CFTC Members of Commitments to Agriculture Sector

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is reminding the newest members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of their pre-confirmation commitments to reach out to the agriculture sector. Cochran, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has written a letter recommending steps the new CFTC members should take to lessen concerns raised during their confirmation process about their lack of experience or background in agriculture. Mississippi's senior U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


06.09.14

Senators Still Want Answers on EPA Regs, Await McCarthy Response To Invitation

WASHINGTON -- Amid growing concerns in rural communities about the Obama administration's environmental policies, Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee continue to press for a meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Two weeks ago, the Republican Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee sent a letter requesting a meeting with McCarthy to discuss a wide-ranging list of regulatory issues that have the potential to impact agriculture and r… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Senators Seek Answers on EPA Regs Affecting Agriculture, Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Growing concern among farmers, ranchers, rural communities and agriculture interests has led U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to seek answers on a wide assortment of environmental regulations planned by the Obama administration. All Republican members on the agriculture panel have signed a letter asking to meet with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss a wide-ranging list of … Continue Reading


04.08.14

Cochran Statement on CFTC Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the committee approval for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) nominees J. Christopher Giancarlo of New Jersey, Timothy G. Massad of Connecticut and Sharon Y. Bowen of New York. The three nominations were cleared Tuesday by the committee and are now available for consideration by the Senate. "All three nominees are … Continue Reading


03.25.14

Cochran Wary of EPA Effort to Clarify Clean Water Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, today questioned the intent of a proposed rule to clarify the reach of the Clean Water Act over streams and wetlands, and encouraged the agriculture and business communities to weigh in on the environmental regulatory proposal. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on Tuesday released a proposed rule intended to clarify the definitions of waters… Continue Reading


03.06.14

Cochran Statement - Hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission Nominations

Opening Remarks U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) Hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission Nominations March 6, 2014 Madam Chairwoman, thank you for holding this hearing today. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is an important part of the regulatory framework that protects American farmers, ranchers, and businesses which depend on the work of this agency to ensure sound markets. The Commission has the responsibility of implementing new regulations and mandates passed by Co… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Cochran Statement on House Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives vote to approve the conference agreement on the Agricultural Act of 2014 (HR.2642). The five-year farm bill was approved on a 251-166 vote on Wednesday. "I am pleased with the large, bipartisan and regionally-diverse vote in the House for the 2014 farm bill. This important legislation culminates years of work to reform and improve agriculture policies, while reduci… Continue Reading

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