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12.13.17

Chairman Roberts Emphasizes Importance of Agriculture Security

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 agriculture security hearing, titled, "Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World." "In 1999, as Chairman of the newly-formed Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I became aware of the threat our nation faced against intentionally introduced pathogens to be weaponized and aimed at destroying plant and anim… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Chairman Roberts: “Trade Is More Than a Product Crossing a Border”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed the Washington International Trade Association, highlighting the benefits of NAFTA to American agriculture and the numerous associated American jobs. Roberts then participated in a agriculture trade discussion with Ambassador Max Baucus, former Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and U.S. Ambassador to China; and Grant Aldonas, former Under Secretary… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Sends USDA Nominee Stephen Vaden to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced the Committee voted to favorably report nominee Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. Mr. Vaden may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "I am pleased to report the Senate Agriculture Committee has swiftly, in a bipartisan fashion, approved another USDA nominee," Roberts said. "To best serve… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Committee Vote on USDA Nominee Stephen Vaden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider the nomination of Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. Date: Monday, December 11, 2017 Time: 5:45 p.m., when a necessary quorum is present Place: S-216, President's Room The Committee held a hearing on the nominee on Nov. 9. -30-… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Agriculture Security 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 witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing on agriculture security. Title: Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World Who: The Honorable Joseph Lieberman, Co-Chair, Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, Washington, D.C. Gen. Richard Myers, President, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. Dr. R… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Full Senate Confirmation of Farm Credit Nominee Glen Smith

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 are pleased to announce that the nomination of Glen R. Smith to be a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board was approved by the U.S. Senate. "Once again, we're pleased to report full Senate confirmation of another qualified nominee," Roberts and Stabenow said. "As an active farmer and agribusiness professional, Mr. Smith has t… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Agriculture Security 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, "Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World." Date: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing. ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with t… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Sends Farm Credit Nominee Glen Smith to Full Senate

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 voted to favorably report nominee Glen R. Smith, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Mr. Smith may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "The Senate Agriculture Committee has acted in a bipartisan fashion on each nomination we have received," Roberts and Staben… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Vote on Farm Credit Nominee Glen Smith

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 nomination of Glen R. Smith, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board. Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 Time: In conjunction with the first afternoon Senate floor vote, when a quorum is present Place: TBA The Committee held a heari… Continue Reading


11.09.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Land Management Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a business meeting where S. 2099, the Federal Land Management Act of 2017, was favorably reported out of the Committee by unanimous voice vote. "We are pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee continues the tradition of bipartisanship and regular order to conduct the Committee's business," said Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. "This package of legislation is … Continue Reading


11.09.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing on Nominees Smith, Vaden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing to consider the nominations of Glen R. Smith, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board; and Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. Click here to watch the hearing. Per Committee Rules, a Committee vote on the nominations must occur in a separate business meeting of the Committee. Senate Agriculture Committee m… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Vote on Bipartisan Land Management 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 announced the Committee will vote on S. 2099, the Federal Land Management Act of 2017. Date: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m., when a quorum is present Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Click here to read the Federal Land Management Act of 2017, which includes the following bills: Removing Out… Continue Reading


11.02.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on USDA Nominees Smith, Vaden

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 Glen Smith and Stephen Vaden. Who: Glen R. Smith, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture Date: Thursday, Nov. … Continue Reading


10.31.17

Chairman Roberts Calls on Members of U.S. Chamber to Help Set Record Straight: NAFTA Benefits Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued a call to action to members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to join him in setting the record straight about the benefits the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides to American agriculture and rural jobs. Click here to watch Roberts' remarks at a Chamber discussion in Washington titled: The Future of NAFTA: The Stakes for American Agriculture… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Full Senate Confirmation of Greg Ibach

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 Gregory Ibach was approved by the U.S. Senate. Upon swearing in, Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, will serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "I'm pleased to report Senate confirmation of Greg Ibach to be USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Market… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Sends USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey to Full Senate

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 voted to favorably report nominees Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Both Ibach and … Continue Reading


10.18.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Committee Votes on USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey

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 nominations of Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services within the U.S. Department of Agricultur… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Chairman Roberts Praises USDA Dismantling of ‘GIPSA’ Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rollback of two Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules. Included in this regulatory rollback are an interim final rule that deals with harm to competition and one proposed rule on conduct considered an unfair practice or results in an undue preference, both of which livestock and p… Continue Reading


10.11.17

Chairman Roberts Praises CFTC De Minimis Threshold Extension

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. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Chris Giancarlo's announcement to extend the $8 billion de minimis threshold phase-in termination date by one year to December 2019. This extension gives the CFTC time to complete the rule in 2018. "I'm pleased Chairman Giancarlo has hit the ground running at the CFTC… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Chairman Roberts: USDA Nominees Ibach, Northey Have ‘Boots-on-the-Ground’ Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today held a hearing to consider the nominations of Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "This Committee has been reviewing nominations expeditiously," said Roberts. "It is crucial to have leade… Continue Reading

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