Minority News

03.23.21

Ranking Member Boozman Announces Agriculture Committee’s Republican Staff Roster

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Committee's Republican staff for the 117th Congress. "I am excited to move forward with this accomplished team as we work to advance policies that will grow the farm economy, modernize important nutrition programs and expand opportunities across rural America," Boozman said. The following list includes the titles, responsibilities and brief background… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Boozman Highlights Ag Community’s Efforts to Address Climate Change and Underscores How to Build from Successes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, touted the progress American agriculture has made in reducing its environmental impact while stressing that new programs must be flexible, voluntary and farmer-focused. During the Senate Agriculture Committee's hearing on the efforts of farmers and foresters to lead in tackling climate change, Boozman highlighted how the agriculture community has tapped innovative st… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Climate Change Hearing

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following opening remarks, as prepared, from the hearing entitled Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change: Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow for setting the stage for this morning's hearing. I thank our witnesses for their time today. I appreciate your interest and commitment to finding solutions to numerous, complex challe… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Boozman, Senators from Rice Producing States Push for US-Specific Rice Tender with Iraq

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and senators from rice producing states are encouraging American and Iraqi officials to take steps to increase U.S. rice exports to Iraq. In separate letters to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S., the senators urged the issuance and implementation of a U.S.-specific rice tender under the terms of the Memorandum of … Continue Reading


03.03.21

Boozman Warns Reconciliation Bill Could Mean Massive Cuts in Farm Support Programs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, warned passage of the pending budget reconciliation bill could trigger massive cuts in farm support programs - potentially zeroing out all farm program spending over the next five years. As Senate Democrats rush to move their reconciliation bill, Boozman pointed to the possibility the legislation could result in automatic spending cuts under statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYG… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Chairman Roberts’ Priorities Included in Senate-Passed Omnibus Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today voted for the bipartisan fiscal year 2021 omnibus appropriations bill and the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The legislation includes approximately $26 billion for pandemic-related agriculture and nutrition programs. "I'm proud to cast one of my final votes in the Senate on behalf of America's farmers, ranchers, and growers," said Roberts. "This legislation … Continue Reading


12.11.20

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Enactment of Grain Standards Reauthorization

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 U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Trump. The U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 24, the Senate on November 16, and the House of Representatives on December 2. The Senate-passed bill is available here. Clic… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud House Passage of Grain Standards Reauthorization

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 applauded the House of Representatives for passing the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The legislation is now ready to be signed into law. The U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 passed out of The Senate Agriculture Committee on June 24 and the full Senate on November 16. The Senate-passed bill is avail… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Chairman Roberts Begins, Ends Tenure In Same Manner: Listening to Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In his last hearing as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today held a hearing titled, "Agricultural Research and Securing the United States Food Supply." "During my time in public service, the United States has witnessed one of its greatest untold success stories - federal policies that have fostered a scale and efficiency of the U.S. agriculture system that would have been unimaginable to our predecessors," Roberts said. "Agricul… Continue Reading


11.24.20

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Hearing on Research and Securing America’s Food Supply

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 and Securing the United States Food Supply." Date: December 2, 2020 Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building Who: Mrs. Amy France, Producer, National Sorghum Producers, Marienthal, Kan. The Honorable Dan Glickman, Executive Director,… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Roberts Unveils Chairman’s Portrait to be Displayed in Hearing Room

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today unveiled his official portrait to be displayed in the Committee's hearing room. Roberts has served as Chairman during the 114th, 115th, and 116th Congresses. "When I assumed the gavel as the Chairman nearly six years ago, I noted that this committee has a long history of caring more about the issues than the ideology. More about the people than the party," said Ch… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Unanimous Senate Passage of Grain Standards Reauthorization

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 has passed the bipartisan U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020 passed out of Committee on June 24. The Senate-passed bill will be available here. Click here to read the summary. Click here to read the section-by-section. "The Senate has unanimously… Continue Reading


10.15.20

Chairman Roberts Hails CFTC Final Rule on Position Limits

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. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for finalizing a rule on position limits for derivatives. The final rule passed by a vote of 3-2. "I appreciate the CFTC's careful review and consideration of stakeholders' input, particularly from our nation's agricultural end-users, when crafting this final rule," said Chairman Roberts. "This rule cont… Continue Reading


09.30.20

Chairman Roberts Votes to Send Relief to Farm Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today voted for a continuing resolution (CR), which averts a federal government shutdown and includes a full replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to aid agricultural producers. The CR funds the federal government until December 11, 2020, and is now ready for President Trump's signature into law. "In these wildly uncertain times, farmers, ranchers, an… Continue Reading


09.29.20

Chairman Roberts Keynotes Agri-Pulse Security Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, recently was the keynote speaker at the 2020 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit DC. "This has been quite a year for American agriculture, and, certainly so for American consumers. Perhaps for the first time since the Great Depression, the significance of food security has resonated throughout the entire agriculture and food value chain, impacting nearly every kitc… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Roberts: Bipartisan CCC Solution Provides Certainty, Predictability for Farm Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today took to the Senate floor to speak on the bipartisan House continuing resolution (CR) that passed yesterday. The CR, which previously denied relief for agricultural producers and delayed critical Farm Bill program implementation, now includes a full replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) - only after Roberts and fellow farm state Republicans … Continue Reading


09.22.20

Roberts: Democrats Heard Our Call to Aid Farm Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded a bipartisan deal reached on the House continuing resolution (CR) that includes a full replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). On Monday, Roberts admonished the House Democrats' CR, which previously denied funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of Farm Bill and COVID-19 relief programs, including the CCC. … Continue Reading


09.22.20

Roberts: House Democrats’ CR Highlights ‘Pandemic of Politics’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today admonished the House Democrats' continuing resolution (CR), which denies funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of Farm Bill and COVID-19 relief programs. "We have a pandemic of politics in this country. Today, that was made worse with the rollout of House Democrats' CR," said Roberts. "This ill-advised plan would delay critical f… Continue Reading


09.17.20

Roberts Praises Second Round of Relief Funds for Ag Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today praised an announcement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute a second round of assistance to agricultural producers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has already distributed one round of direct payments to agricultural producers whose markets have been disrupted or lost … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Chairman Roberts: Replenishing the CCC Ensures Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today participated in a colloquy on the U.S. Senate floor to urge the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Failure to do so would not only hurt already struggling farmers, ranchers, and growers; it would jeopardize the implementation of 2018 Farm Bill programs. Participating in the colloquy were Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Cindy Hyde-… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member John Boozman