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01.09.18

Roberts, Stabenow Support CFTC’s Efforts to Uphold European Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., sent a letter of support to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo for his commitment to honor mutually recognized equivalency agreements regarding cross-border clearinghouses. Prior to the United Kingdom's 2016 referendum to leave the European Union ("Brexit"), the CFTC and the European Commission… Continue Reading


01.08.18

President Trump Pledges to Work with Chairman Roberts for an On-Time Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After multiple meetings with President Donald J. Trump on issues of importance to rural America, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today joined the President onstage at the American Farm Bureau's 99th annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. An issue continually championed by Chairman Roberts, President Trump made his first public statement in support of crop insurance. "Here today is Senate Agricult… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Chairman Roberts Announces Committee Staff Hire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced Robert Rosado will join the Committee as senior professional staff responsible for nutrition, specialty crops, and organics. "I'm pleased to announce another great addition to my Committee staff," Chairman Roberts said. "Rob Rosado's experience and perspective on nutrition issues will be key in the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization." Prior to joining… Continue Reading


12.15.17

Chairman Roberts Applauds USDA Decision to Spare Organic Livestock, Poultry Producers from Crushing Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After years of challenging the rule, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of a proposed rule that would withdraw a controversial regulation that would have revised organic livestock and poultry production standards. "With USDA's wise decision to withdraw this rule, organic livestock and poultry producers can rest assured that they will not b… Continue Reading


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

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