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  • 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    Roberts Praises Decision to Halt EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule in Several States

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is pleased to announce a decision by a federal judge to halt the damaging ‘Waters of the U.S.’ (WOTUS) rule from implementation in 13 states. Just a day before the WOTUS rule was set to go into effect, North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Erickson yesterday issued a preliminary injunction to stop the WOTUS rule in North Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, Arkan...

  • Bill Halting Duplicative EPA Pesticide Permit Requirement Approved by Committee

    U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is pleased to announce the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today passed S. 1500, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.  The bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Roberts, eliminates redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications.   “This duplicative pesticide permitting requirement provides no environmental pro...

  • ICYMI: Chairman Roberts: Canada Condemns Proposed Voluntary COOL Labeling System

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today said his legislation to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat is the surest way to avoid $3.2 billion in trade retaliation following a statement from Canada’s Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz condemning the voluntary labeling system proposed by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven.  Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Rober...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Child Nutrition Reauthorization Markup

    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 on Sept. 17 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs. Chairman Roberts is working with Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and other Committee members to craft a reauthorization package that increases efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and integrity. “We must reauthorize these programs...

  • Chairman Roberts Moves to Protect U.S. Economy from $3.2 Billion in Trade Retaliation

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry today spoke on the Senate floor about his amendment to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken – required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. The amendment can be found Audio and video of Senator Roberts’ remarks can be downloaded here. The ...

  • Chairman Roberts Files Amendment to Repeal Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling to Avoid Billions in Retaliation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today filed an amendment to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken – required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. “As I’ve said before, whether you support or oppose COOL, the fact is retaliation is coming,” said Roberts. “W...

  • Chairman Roberts Releases Statement on Fifth Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

    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 on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act. “Farmers, ranchers and end-users did not cause the 2008 financial crisis, and Congress did not intend for them to be subject to Title VII of Dodd-Frank. However, five long years later, they continue to be subjected to a bounty of rules and regulations stemming from the regu...

  • Chairman Roberts Reviews Forestry Bills, Hears from USDA

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a legislative hearing to review pending U.S. Forest Service and forestry-related bills. “I hope this hearing serves as a reminder to the U.S. Forest Service and stakeholders that we are a resource and an ally to address policy questions now before Congress, such as catastrophic wildfire and forest management,” Chairman Roberts said. “F...

  • Chairman Roberts Welcomes Implementation of USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program

    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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the release of the new Conservation Reserve Program regulations as well as new conservation incentives for agriculture producers with working grass, range and pasture lands. As of Sept. 1, 2015, agriculture producers can apply for financial aid to help conserve working grassla...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witness, Agenda for Forestry Hearing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the witness and agenda for the Committee’s hearing on pending forestry legislation. What: Legislative Hearing to Review Pending Forest Service and Forestry Related Bills Who: The Honorable Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Date: Thursday, July 16, 2...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Forestry Hearing

    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 legislative hearing to review pending Forest Service and forestry related bills.   Title:   Legislative Hearing to Review Pending Forest Service and Forestry Related Bills Date:  Thursday, July 16, 2015 Time:  10:00 a.m. Place:  328A Russell Senate Office Building   ***Please note: Pr...

  • Chairmen Roberts, Alexander Urge Sound Science in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging them to base the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on “sound scientific evidence and medical knowledge” and limit “agenda-driven” recommendations to nutrition and diet. In February, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) sen...

  • Chairman Roberts Hears Avian Flu Challenges, Response, Paths Forward

    U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: the impact on the U.S. poultry sector and protecting U.S. poultry flocks.  In early 2015, outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) began appearing in backyard flocks and in a few isolated commercial poultry flocks. The disease has spread rapidly and forced egg and poultry producers to depopulate millions of birds ...

  • Senators Roberts, Moran Commend Kansans Appointed to Agricultural Advisory Committees

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas today applauded the appointment of three Kansas agribusiness professionals to serve on three Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees. Steve Baccus of Minneapolis, Kan., was appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee; Tracy Brunner of Lost Springs was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products; and Ron Suppes of Dighton was appointed to the Agricultura...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses, New Time for Hearing on Avian Influenza

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee’s hearing on the impacts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the U.S. poultry sector. What:     Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks Who:      Panel I Dr. John R. Clifford, Deputy Administrator, Animal Plan...

  • Chairman Roberts on COOL: Retaliation is Coming, and Now is the Time to Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a hearing on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. “If you take anything away from my remarks today, I hope it is this: facts are stubborn things, and whether you support COOL or oppose COOL, the fact is retaliation is coming. And this committee has to fi...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced witnesses for the Committee's hearing on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. What:   Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Retaliation: What’s at Stake for America’s Farmers, Ranchers, Businesses and Consumers Who:  Panel I Mr. Ba...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling Impacts, Actions

    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 Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation: what is at stake for America's farmers, ranchers, businesses and consumers. Title:   Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Retaliation: What’s at Stake for America’s Farmers, Ranchers, Businesses and Consumers Date:  ...

  • Senators Roberts, Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Agriculture Participation in Commodities Markets and Bolster Information Sharing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers and ranchers are protected from a reinterpretation of a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulation that allows for sufficient time to send payments to their Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) and to repeal a requirement that impedes international data sharing. “As the Senate Agriculture Committee works to reauthorize the CFTC, I am pr...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Avian Influenza Impacts

    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 impacts of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on the U.S. poultry sector. What:   Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks Date:   Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Time:  10:00 a.m. Place:  328A Russell Sena...