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04.29.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

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 a hearing to review child nutrition programs. What: A Review of Child Nutrition Programs Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Agriculture Committee Leadership Ask for Avian Flu Emergency Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership today called for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers whose flocks suffered losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 infections. Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. The following is th… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act Review

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 a hearing on reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. What: Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Due to limited space in the hearing room, press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Chairman Roberts Hears from Government, Agriculture Stakeholders on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. The hearing, titled "Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba," has two panels. For witness info, testimony, and to watch the hearing live, click here. "At the beginning of this Congress, I was hopeful that trade would be one area where we could work across the aisl… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Macon, Miss. Resident Completes Internship with U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Kelsey Unruh, a Macon, Miss. resident, this week completed a semester-long internship in office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, under Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "I could not have spent my semester in a better way," Unruh said. "I am so grateful to Senator Roberts and his staff for this opportunity." Unruh, daughter of Dorsey and Lynda Unruh of Macon, Miss., will begin her third year of law school in the fall at University of Alabama in Tuscalo… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee's hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Who: Panel I The Honorable Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Mr. Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant … Continue Reading


04.08.15

Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

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 hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Chairman Roberts Highlights Deadline Extension for Farm Bill Programs

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture's deadline extension for commodity programs created in the 2014 Farm Bill. "It is evident USDA listened to the concerns expressed by producers at the Senate Agriculture Committee's first hearing on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill," Chairman Roberts said. "This step shows America'… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Rural America Weighs In On Murky ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule at Senate Agriculture Committee 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 impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. The proposed WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction under EPA's Clean Water Act and has ignited widespread concern from farmers, ranchers and rural constituencies around the country. The hearing, titled "Waters of the United States: Sta… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on ‘Waters of the U.S.’

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee's hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the Unites States" (WOTUS) proposed rule. The proposed WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction under EPA's Clean Water Act and has ignited widespread concern from farmers, ranchers and rural constituencies around the country. The hearing will feature testimony fro… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Chairman Roberts Issues Statement on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in celebration of National Agriculture Day. "National Agriculture Day ought to be celebrated every day to recognize the hard work of America's farmers and ranchers. "As chairman, it is truly a privilege to work on behalf of some of the best folks in the world. American agriculture is an industry that is relied on by every American, … Continue Reading


03.16.15

Senators Roberts, Stabenow, Alexander and Murray Call for Extension of Dietary Guidelines Comment Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A key, bipartisan group of four senators today requested a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) Scientific Report. Chairmen Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., joined Ranking Members Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., in sending a letter requesting the extension to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwe… Continue Reading


03.16.15

Chairman Roberts Announces Waters of the U.S. Hearing

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 a hearing on stakeholder perspectives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States proposed rule. What: Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA's Proposed Rule Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.11.15

POSTPONED: Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - Due to scheduling conflicts, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry's hearing on opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba is postponed. A media advisory will be distributed once a date is scheduled. What: Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 TBD Time: 10:00 a.m. TBD Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building -30-… Continue Reading


03.09.15

U.S. Senate Approves Farm Credit Administration Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that by voice vote the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jeffery Hall and Dallas Tonsager to serve on the Farm Credit Administration Board of the Farm Credit Administration. "I am pleased the Senate acted swiftly to confirm these nominees," said Sen. Roberts. "At the hearing on their nominations we discussed how they would ensure there was robust o… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Chairman Roberts Pledges to Bring Folks to the Table Throughout Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Legislative Action Conference for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said he would bring everyone to the table as the debate over reauthorizing child nutrition programs begins. "We need to find a way to bring folks together and have a big picture discussion on how to retain the great advancements that some schools have made, and to allow other districts t… Continue Reading


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

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