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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


04.16.18

Roberts, Stabenow Announce ‘State of Rural America’ 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, "The State of Rural America." Who: The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018Time: 10:00 a.m.Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment shou… Continue Reading


04.13.18

Chairman Roberts: “Farmers Want Trade Over Aid”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, appeared on PBS NewsHour to talk about agriculture trade and his meeting with President Trump. Click here to watch the clip. From his post as both Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and as a senior member of the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction on trade, Roberts has long been outspoken on the benefits of increased access to foreign markets for American fa… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Senate Ag Leaders Commit to Bipartisan Farm Bill

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 released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. "We continue to be committed to working on a Farm Bill for all farmers and families. With low commodity prices, worsening conditions in farm country, and unmet needs in communities across the country, we need to get this F… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Chairman Roberts Keynotes CFTC Conference

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today keynoted the Protecting America's Agricultural Markets: An Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference. The conference was jointly hosted by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State University. "The Committee has held nearly 30 hearings and business meetings, including a recent … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Roberts Announces Agriculture, Forestry Provisions in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today is pleased to announce the inclusion of several key provisions beneficial to agriculture in the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which extends government funding through Sept. 30. The bill passed the Senate on a 65-32 vote and is awaiting the President's signature. "I'm pleased that Congress reached a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through the end of the… Continue Reading


03.12.18

Red Tape Officially Cut on Devastating Organic Livestock, Poultry Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of a finalized rule that withdraws a controversial regulation that would have revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. The withdrawal is effective May 13, 2018. "It's official - the Obama Administration rule that would have jeopardized the livelihood of organic livestock and poultr… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Chairman Roberts Honored with Child Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For his decades of work to ensure child nutrition and fight global hunger, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today was presented the 2018 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant impacts to end childhood hunger. Click here to read Chairman Roberts' remarks as prepared for delivery. "Feeding a troubled and h… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Senate Ag Committee Leaders Urge Swift Implementation of Disaster Aid, Farm Safety Net Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement agricultural provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act in a timely, transparent, and producer-friendly way. "In order to help agriculture producers recover from recent disasters, Secretary Perdue and the Agriculture Department now have additional tools and responsibiliti… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Chairman Roberts Announces Full Senate Confirmation of Bill Northey

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 William Northey was approved by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, William Northey, of Iowa, will serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "I'm pleased the Senate advanced Mr. Northey's nomination. I have no doubt he will be a champion fo… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Chairman Roberts Hears Cryptocurrency Update from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) titled, "State of the CFTC: Examining Pending Rules, Cryptocurrency Regulation, and Cross-Border Agreements." During the hearing, Roberts examined the CFTC's regulation of cryptocurrencies and received an update regarding current equivalency agreements between the CFTC and Euro… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Chairman Roberts Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Farmers & Ranchers from Onerous Reporting Requirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today co-sponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by new Committee member Deb Fischer, R-Neb. The Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act would exempt air emissions from animal waste from being subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) reporting requirements. Click here to read the legislation. "I've heard from Kansas farmers… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Ag Chairmen React to Administration’s FY2019 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the release of the Trump administration's FY 2019 budget proposal, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, issued the joint statement below: "As Chairmen of the Agriculture Committees, the task at hand is to produce a Farm Bill for the benefit of our farmers, ranchers, consumers and other stakeholders. This budget, as with every other president's budget before, will not prevent … Continue Reading

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