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07.26.18

Senate and House Ag Committee Leaders Meet to Discuss Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership today met to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill, prior to full Conference Committee discussions. 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., released the following statement after the meeting: "We look forward to working together to get a Farm Bill finished as quickly as possible, and we're com… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA Trade Assistance

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $12 billion in assistance to farmers impacted by tariffs. "Given the low prices farmers have been facing, the tariff situation is making things worse for producers as we speak," Roberts said. "Trade remains the single best solution to the tough economy in farm country. I will… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC, USDA Nominations 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 nominations of Dan Michael Berkovitz to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and James E. Hubbard to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "While serving different functions, both the CFTC and USDA play critically important roles in supporting ou… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Chairman Roberts Honored with Washington International Trade Association Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For his work to fight for open markets for American agriculture, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today was presented the Congressional Leadership Award by the Washington International Trade Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the field of international trade. "Just last year, the total value of U.S. agricultural exports was over $138 billion. That i… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Roberts, Stabenow Prepared for Farm Bill Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to proceed to a Farm Bill conference. "We are pleased to see the House move ahead on the Farm Bill," said Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow. "In order to be successful in passing a final bill, the conference committee must put politics aside and focus on the needs of our far… Continue Reading


07.17.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Nominees Berkovitz, Hubbard

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 to consider the nominations of Dan Berkovitz and James Hubbard. Who: Dan Michael Berkovitz, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission James E. Hubbard, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.… Continue Reading


06.29.18

Roberts, Stabenow: Senate Unanimously Approves PRIA

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 Senate approved reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). "The U.S. Senate just passed a bipartisan Farm Bill to provide farmers and ranchers with certainty in a tough farm economy," said Chairman Roberts. "We can add to this certainty for producers and many other stakeholders with the approval… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Bipartisan Farm Bill Passes Senate on 86-11 Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One large step closer to delivering on promised certainty, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. "Today marks an important day for farm country. We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a Farm Bill with the certainty and predictability they deserve," said Chairman Roberts. "I thank m… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Hundreds of Leaders Across the Country Applaud the Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate continues its consideration of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today thanked the diverse group of leaders that have expressed support for the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill. To date, 504 groups representing thousands of agriculture, food, nutrition, hunger, forestry, conservation, rural, business, faith-based, research, and academic interests … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Chairman Roberts to Colleagues: Let’s Get This Farm Bill Done

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the chamber's consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill. Click here to watch his remarks. Click here to learn more about the bipartisan Senate 2018 Farm Bill. "The goal, the responsibility, the absolute requirement is to provide farmers, ranchers, growers and everyone within America's agriculture and food value chain certainty… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Roberts Congratulates Chairman Conaway on House Farm Bill Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018: "I congratulate Chairman Conaway on successfully navigating his Farm Bill through the House," Roberts said. "I look forward to working with him and his colleagues in conference once the Senate passes our Farm Bill. Our farmers … Continue Reading


06.20.18

Kansas Agriculture Supports Bipartisan Senate 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 received broad support from 30 Kansas stakeholder groups for the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. "As I said in Kansas last year when we began the Farm Bill listening process, 'We start the journey to a successful and timely 2018 Farm Bill in the Heartland, because that is where it matters most - on our farms, ranches, businesses, and city and county hall… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Delivering on a promise, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today are pleased to announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was favorably reported out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Click here to watch the meeting. Commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, the bipartisan 5-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. "The Senat… Continue Reading


06.08.18

As Promised, Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders Find Common Ground in Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today released the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The Committee will meet to consider the legislation at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on June 13. Click here to watch live. "When Ranking Member Stabenow and I started this journey in Manhattan, Kansas, last year, we made a commitment to make tough choices and produce a good, bipartisan Farm Bill," said Chairman Roberts. … Continue Reading


06.07.18

Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders Announce Farm Bill Consideration

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 2018 Senate Farm Bill. Legislative text and summaries will be available at ag.senate.gov prior to the meeting. "We are pleased to announce the Senate Agriculture Committee's timely consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill," the Senators said. "It has been more than a year… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Chairman Roberts: America’s Sorghum Producers Can Breathe Easier

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after the People's Republic of China moved to end an anti-dumping and countervailing investigation on U.S. sorghum imports. "America's sorghum producers can breathe a sigh of relief today," Roberts said. "I thank President Trump for listening every time I brought this issue before him at the White House. I look forward to the Adm… Continue Reading


05.10.18

Senate Ag Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Farmer Veteran Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., joined Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today to introduce legislation that expands support for military veterans in agriculture. The Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018 makes all new veterans eligible for support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill also improves access for farmer veterans across eight existing initiatives to make risk management tools mo… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Chairman Roberts Announces Senate Confirmation of Ken Barbic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today is pleased to announce that Ken Barbic was approved by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, Ken Barbic, of Washington, D.C., will serve as Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Secretary Perdue is one step closer to a full team at the Agriculture Department," Roberts said. "I'm pleased the Senate qu… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Chairman Roberts Welcomes Senator Hyde-Smith to Ag Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today welcomed the Committee's newest member, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith from Mississippi. "I'm delighted we have another farmer on the Senate Agriculture Committee. I look forward to working with Senator Hyde-Smith as we continue to write the Farm Bill," said Chairman Roberts. "Her firsthand agriculture knowledge and boots-on-the-ground experience are a welcome addition … Continue Reading


04.24.18

On One-Year Anniversary, Chairman Roberts Hears Secretary Perdue’s ‘State of Rural America’ Update

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 titled, "The State of Rural America." "Producers in Kansas and all across the country are going through a rough patch in the agricultural economy," Chairman Roberts said. "Over the past five years, prices for many of our major commodities have dropped by over 40 percent. As a result, net farm income is expected to decline by 52 percent." "The … Continue Reading

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