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07.11.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Hearing on Trade, Specialty Crops, Organics

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 trade, specialty crops, organics, and local foods. Title: Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Dr. Kenneth Dallmier, President and Chief Operating Officer, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro… Continue Reading


07.06.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Trade, Specialty Crops, Organics

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, "Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing. ***Please note:… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Pesticide Registration Legislation Approved Unanimously by Senate Agriculture Committee

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 held a business meeting where H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2017, was favorably reported out of the Committee by unanimous voice vote. "This historically noncontroversial, bipartisan legislation is vitally important to both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as farmers and farmwork… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances CFTC Chairman Nominee Giancarlo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Giancarlo may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "I'm pleased our Committee has given the green light to full Senate consideration of Mr. Giancarlo's nomination," Roberts sa… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Chairman Roberts Reviews Conservation, Forestry Farm Bill Priorities

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, "Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill." Click here to watch Chairman Roberts' opening statement. This marks the fifth hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. To provide input for the Senate Agriculture Committee's consideration for the upcoming F… Continue Reading


06.28.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Committee Votes on H.R. 1029, CFTC Chairman Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017, as well as the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building In May, the Committ… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Chairman Roberts: EPA Listens to Farmers and Ranchers, Begins WOTUS Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and an outspoken opponent of Obama-era burdensome regulations harming and farmers and ranchers, today announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) have begun the process to withdraw the highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule. The EPA and the Corps now begin a replacement rulemaking proce… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Conservation, Forestry 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 conservation and forestry. Title: Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Mr. Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Mr. Jimmy Bramblett , Deputy C… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Chairman Roberts Holds CFTC Chairman Nomination Hearing

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 on the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be the next chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). To watch the hearing and read Mr. Giancarlo's testimony, click here. Click here to watch Chairman Roberts' opening statement. A separate business meeting to vote on Giancarlo's nomination will be held at a later date.… Continue Reading


06.21.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Conservation, Forestry 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, "Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building This is the fifth hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Wit… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Chairman Roberts Addresses KC Federal Reserve’s 2017 Ag Symposium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today addressed the 2017 Ag Symposium held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Chairman Roberts discussed agriculture policy priorities for the 115th Congress and gave an update on the Committee's work on the upcoming Farm Bill. Chairman Roberts' remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thank you for that kind introduction and for inviting me to speak with you toda… Continue Reading


06.15.17

K-State Agriculture Dean Testifies Before U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Dr. John Floros, Dean and Director of the College of Agriculture and Kansas State University Research and Extension, testified on agriculture research conducted at land-grant institutions. Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., held the hearing, titled, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." In his testimony, Dr. Flo… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Chairman Roberts Hears from Ag Research Institutions

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, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." Click here to watch Chairman Roberts' opening statement. This is the fourth hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Witnesses included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, K… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on CFTC Chairman Nominee Giancarlo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: 328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Please note: Press bringing audio/video equipment should check in with the Senate Radio-Television Gallery at… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Agriculture Research 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 research. Title: Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill Who: Panel I Dr. Ann Bartuska, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education & Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, Washingt… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Agriculture Research 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, "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." Date: Thursday, June 15, 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/v… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Chairman Roberts Gathers Perspectives from Farm Economy Experts

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, "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." This is the third hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Witnesses included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Agri-AFC, and Oregon State University. Below are Chairman Roberts' remarks, as prepared for deliv… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Agriculture Chairmen Roberts, Conaway React to Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the release of the Trump administration's FY 2018 budget proposal, Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, issued the following joint statement: "We support the Trump administration's goal of achieving three percent economic growth for our nation. USDA's latest estimates find agriculture, food, and related industries contribute $992 billion to our economy. As we debate the budget and the next Farm Bill, we will … Continue Reading


05.22.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Witnesses for Farm Economy 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 to gather perspectives on the farm economy. Title: Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America Who: Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Dr. Nathan Kauffman, Assistant Vice President, Economist, and Omah… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Farm Economy

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, "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." "This hearing begins the Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill hearings here in Washington," said Roberts. "We've traveled to Kansas and Michigan to hear perspectives from boots on the ground. Now, as we consider the next Farm … Continue Reading

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