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10.17.11

Roberts’ Statement on Agriculture Committee Letter to Deficit Reduction Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement today after submitting a letter with leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: "While I have strong concerns that this agreement disproportionately favors some programs over others, I have long stated that the most important program to our farmers and ranchers in manag… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Roberts & Lucas Respond to the President's Debt Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's debt plan. "The agriculture community remains willing to do its part in getting our fiscal house in order, but, in essence, President Obama's plan for economic growth and deficit reduction is not credible. "The President's policy prior… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Roberts Recognizes Fruit and Vegetable Growers for Providing Families with Safe, Healthy Food

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said committee members must take a careful look at fruit and vegetable programs in the new Farm Bill to ensure they are helping growers remain competitive in the marketplace. "My job is to make sure our growers are given adequate tools they can utilize to continue providing our families with safe, nutritious, and healthy foods, and they're doing t… Continue Reading


07.21.11

Roberts: Dodd-Frank Proposals Could Lead to Mass Exodus of Capital from the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today focused on the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank bill being signed into law and the challenges that lay ahead in implementing it for Mark Wetjen, the nominee to sit on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "One-year ago today, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act - enacting into law a labyrinth of new requirements impacting… Continue Reading


07.20.11

Roberts Pleased USDA Approves Additional Drought Assistance for Kansas Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today praised the Department of Agriculture for approving his request for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CP25 acreage to provide an important feed option for Kansas producers during this year's extreme drought. "I am pleased that the secretary has granted this additional relief for producers in Kansas facing extreme drought condit… Continue Reading


07.05.11

Senator Roberts Announces Farm Bill Field Hearing in Kansas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a field hearing will be held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, August 25 to discuss reauthorization of the Farm Bill. "I'm pleased to host the next Farm Bill field hearing in Wichita, right in the heartland of America," said Roberts. "This hearing will allow us to garner insight from our producers in Kansas as we begin the important task of w… Continue Reading


06.28.11

Roberts Works to Defend Livestock Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the government is attacking the multi-billion dollar livestock industry with too many regulations, which will have far reaching implications on the economy worldwide. "The livestock sector is a driver of the agricultural economy and is also a major reason agriculture has had substantial successes in the export market," said Roberts. "If the presid… Continue Reading


06.23.11

Roberts Pleased Crop Insurance is Available to Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Flood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement today after learning of the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) assurance to farmers along the flooded Missouri River that crop insurance will cover any damages caused by the flooding: "Mother Nature has not been kind to the Great Plains and Midwest this year, and I appreciate everything RMA is doing to help Kansas farmers and ranch… Continue Reading


06.21.11

Senator Roberts Praises Committee Passage of Pesticide Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the committee passage of a House-passed pesticides bill that will remove regulatory burdens on producers and public health agencies. "I have urged Chairwoman Stabenow to take action on this legislation for some time now and I am pleased this legislation is finally moving forward," said Roberts. "This bill will eliminate a double layer of red ta… Continue Reading


05.31.11

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Attends First Ag Committee Field Hearing on the Farm Bill

EAST LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow (D-MI) at a committee field hearing in East Lansing, Michigan on reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The field hearing is entitled "Opportunities for Growth, Michigan and the 2012 Farm Bill," and will be hosted by Michigan State University. The following are Senator Roberts' prepared remarks: "Madame Chairwoman, thank you for bringi… Continue Reading


05.24.11

Roberts to EPA: Answers to America’s Farmers, Ranchers, Growers Long Overdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, requesting answers to questions submitted by members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing eight months ago that remain unanswered. "As EPA continues to release proposals that have an increasing impact on agriculture, this inaction is of serious concern," Roberts states in the letter. "Eig… Continue Reading


04.12.11

Senate Ag Committee Republicans Call on Chairwoman Stabenow to Approve House-Passed Pesticides Bill to remove Regulatory Burdens on Producers and Public Health Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today sent a letter signed by all Republican members of the Committee, to Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow (D-MI) calling on her to bring up and have the committee approve the House-passed bipartisan pesticide regulation bill, H.R. 872, as soon as possible. H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 was agreed to in the House on March 31, 2011 with a vote of 29… Continue Reading


04.08.11

Senator Roberts and Chairwoman Stabenow to Taiwan’s President Ma: US Beef Safe; Meets Internationally Recognized Sound Science Standards

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Jerry Mor… Continue Reading


04.04.11

Senator Roberts Introduces Bill to Eliminate Costly, Redundant and Burdensome EPA Permit Requirement for Applications of Pesticides

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today introduced legislation to eliminate a burdensome, costly and redundant permit requirement for applications of pesticides. "This double layer of red tape will cost producers and consumers. It also takes aim at public health departments by requiring permits on top of existing permits for pesticide use," said Roberts. "This creates confusion and the potential for … Continue Reading


03.30.11

Senator Roberts: Key to Lower Fuel Prices is Domestic Energy Production and Comprehensive Agriculture Policies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the nation's energy strategy should include development of domestic energy resources and comprehensive agriculture policies encouraging global stability. Senator Roberts made the remarks at an Agriculture Committee hearing entitled, AFundamentals and Farming: Evaluating High Gas Prices and How New Rules and Innovative Farming Can Help. The witnesses … Continue Reading


03.03.11

Senator Roberts: Derivatives Regulations Must Lower Systemic Risks and Costs Cannot Outweigh Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee on implementation of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform derivatives regulations, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member, today said regulations must lower systemic risk and avoid creating unnecessarily high risk management costs for producers and businesses. Witnesses at the hearing included U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Schapiro. … Continue Reading


02.17.11

Senator Roberts: America's Producers Critical to US & Global Economy; Government Must Partner with Producers to Feed the World

WASHINGTON, DC - Attending his first Senate Agriculture Committee hearing as ranking member, Senator Roberts today said America's farmers and ranchers are critical to the U.S. and global economies and that he would work to ensure producers have the tools they need to meet the food and nutrition demands of a growing global population. Today's hearing, "Agriculture: Growing America's Economy" included the testimony of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Michigan Department of Agri… Continue Reading


02.14.11

Senate Ag Ranking Member Roberts' Statement on the President's FY2012 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today released the following statement on the President's FY 2012 Budget Proposal: "The administration has once again dusted off old proposals aimed at pitting farmers against farmers," Roberts said. "Thankfully, Congress has consistently rejected these efforts in the past. Rather than leading an honest discussion regarding the underlying drivers behind the national … Continue Reading


02.02.11

Senator Roberts Announces Selection of Key Agriculture Committee Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced his senior staff selections for the minority office. "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 have all spent time in Kansas." Staff Director: Michael Seyfert Mike Seyfert, a native of Ada, … Continue Reading


02.01.11

Senator Roberts Makes History, Becoming Top Republican on Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, a national leader in agriculture, today made history as he was voted the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Roberts goes into the history books as the first member of Congress to serve as both chairman and ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In this new post as the ranking Republican, Roberts continues his leadership on behalf… Continue Reading

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