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02.28.19

Chairman Roberts Hears Farm Bill Implementation Update from Secretary Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue titled, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." "Secretary Perdue is no stranger to the Committee. In fact, as we successfully worked in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to craft the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, USDA was an important part of the process. Over the last two y… Continue Reading


02.15.19

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Implementation 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, "Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018." Who: The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan PRIA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today are pleased to announce Senate passage of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "Today's unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farme… Continue Reading


02.13.19

Roberts, Stabenow, Udall Introduce PRIA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, today reintroduced the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "This bipartisan legislation supports EPA in providing timely approvals of crop protection tools to prevent, manage, and e… Continue Reading


02.07.19

Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Subcommittee Assignments for 116th Congress

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 new Subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. At a business meeting today, the full Committee approved Subcommittee chairs, ranking members, and assignments, which are listed below. The Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade oversees matters regarding production agriculture, including commodity prog… Continue Reading


02.06.19

Senate Agriculture Committee to Hold First Meeting of 116th Congress

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 organize the Committee for the new Congress. Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 Time: In conjunction with afternoon floor votes Place: Location near the Senate floor -30-… Continue Reading


02.05.19

Chairman Roberts Discusses 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed the Farm Foundation on the opportunities and challenges in implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. "At a time of shutdowns, when folks are more focused on playing politics than governing, the Ag Committees were successful in reaching agreement on a farm bill," said Chairman Roberts. "This is what happens when the Congress works in a bipartisan, bicameral f… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Chairman Roberts Discusses Child Nutrition Reauthorization with School Boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed 700 school board members from across the country at the National School Boards Association Advocacy Institute. "As is the routine in the Senate Agriculture Committee, we will work on the (child nutrition) reauthorizations together, in a bipartisan fashion, to develop well-rounded legislation that will improve the operation of these important program… Continue Reading


01.13.19

Chairman Roberts Congratulates Farm Bureau on 100th Anniversary

NEW ORLEANS, La. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed thousands of farmers and ranchers from across the country at the American Farm Bureau's 100th annual convention in New Orleans, La. "I have been in Congress for nearly 40 of those years, as a member of the House and Senate," said Chairman Roberts. "In Washington, there has been no better partner to work with than the American Farm Bureau Federation.… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Roberts to Lead Agriculture Committee in 116th Congress; Republican Members Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has once again been tapped to lead the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, during the 116th Congress. "I am honored to be chosen to lead the Agriculture Committee for another two years," said Chairman Roberts. "We just succeeded in passing the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill, and I look forward to overseeing the Agriculture Department's implementation." "As I said when I first became Chairman of this Committ… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts: President Signs Farm Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today joined Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), President Trump and others at the White House for a signing ceremony of their historic, bipartisan Farm Bill. "We began the consideration of this Farm Bill two years ago in Manhattan, Kansas, by listening to producers. We ended up with a bill crafted to address the concerns of all regions and all crops. In a to… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts: USDA Rule Reflects Congressional Intent to Protect and Preserve Agricultural Biotechnology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's final rule on his landmark legislation - the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard - to protect the use of agriculture biotechnology, provide certainty to farmers and the supply chain, and ensure consumers have greater access to food information. "I applaud Secretary Perdue and the Agriculture Department f… Continue Reading


12.20.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA SNAP Work Requirements Proposed Rule

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 a proposed rule to update Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements for states to qualify for waivers from work time-limits for able-bodied adults without dependents. "Though the SNAP program currently has work requirements that most states enforce, it m… Continue Reading


12.12.18

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Farm Bill Conference Report Passage in House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today applauded the House of Representatives for passing the 2018 Farm Bill conference report on a 369-47 vote. "We congratulate Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson on passing the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report," said Roberts and Stabenow. "This swift legislative action taken by both chambers represents our commitment to provide certai… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Farm Bill Conference Report Passes Senate on 87-13 Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the final stretch of the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Farm Bill conference report passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 87-13 vote. "We are thrilled to report the U.S. Senate has acted to give certainty and predictability to rural America," said Roberts and Stabenow. "The U.S. Senate has already delivered a historic vote for the Senate Farm Bill. Now, we … Continue Reading


12.11.18

Chairman Roberts Joins EPA’s Wheeler to Unveil Reworked WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A stern opponent of Obama-era burdensome regulations, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in unveiling the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) replacement rule. "I thank President Trump and the EPA for putting a priority on revising the WOTUS rule to be workable for farmers, ranchers, and landowners," said Chairman… Continue Reading


12.10.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders Release Farm Bill Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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., today released the text of the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 Farm Bill conference report. "The 2018 Farm Bill is our opportunity to make the American food and agriculture systems work more efficiently. I'm pleased to say we have done just that in this conference report," said Chairman Roberts. "We st… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Chairman Roberts Applauds School Lunch Regulatory Flexibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for publishing the Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements final rule. This rule solidifies regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and other federal child nutrition programs. "In one of his first official acts as … Continue Reading


12.05.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances USDA Nominees Brashears, Earp, and Hutchins 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


12.04.18

Senate Agriculture Committee to Consider USDA Nominees Brashears, Earp, and Hutchins

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 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. Date: Wed… Continue Reading

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