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  • 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Federal Grain Inspection Reauthorization

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a business meeting and passed the “U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. “This bipartisan legislation provides much needed transparency and predictabili...

  • UPDATED: Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Prieto Nomination, Business Meeting on Grain Inspection Reauthorization

    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 mark up and vote on bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire in September. The U.S. Grain Standards Act authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act w...

  • Chairman Roberts to Protect U.S. Agriculture After WTO Ruling 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 released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) handed down its fourth and final ruling on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) against the United States. “As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will consider any solution – including repeal regarding meat – that will allow the United States to be WTO-compl...

  • Chairman Roberts Focuses on Market Liquidity, End-User Regulatory Issues in CFTC Reauthorization Hearing

    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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. “July marks the five year anniversary of passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. Not too long after, this Committee began reviewing its impacts on farmers, ranchers, and end-users.  We have had several hearings with numerous on-the-groun...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on CFTC Regulatory Issues

    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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. What:   Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity Who:  Panel I The Honorable Timothy Massad, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington, D.C. Panel II Mr. ...

  • Chairman Roberts Calls for Timeliness, Bipartisanship in Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    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 review child nutrition programs, which expire in September. As school districts of all sizes across America are having difficulties implementing the new regulations, Chairman Roberts has been eating school lunches with students across Kansas and hearing firsthand what does and does not work from both sides of the serving line. I...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on CFTC Regulatory Issues

    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 Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory issues impacting end-users and market liquidity. Title:    Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity Date:   Thursday, May 14, 2015 Time:   10:00 a.m. Place:  106 Dirksen Senate Office Building -30-...

  • Senate Agriculture Committee Reviews the U.S. Grain Standards Act, Hears Stakeholder Perspectives

    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 review the U.S. Grain Standards Act, which has provisions that expire this year. The U.S. Grain Standards Act authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. “Predictability and transparency are key to maintaining a g...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Child Nutrition Hearing

    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 child nutrition programs. What:   A Review of Child Nutrition Programs Who:   Panel I:            Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service,             Government Accountability Office, Washington, D...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Avian Flu Emergency Assistance Granted to Poultry, Egg Producers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – One day after requesting emergency assistance for poultry and egg producers whose flocks were hit with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 infections, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday granted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack authority to issue emergency assistance for poultry and egg producers whose flocks were hit with the virus. U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership Wednesday called for emergency assistance to be distributed to ...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act Review

    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 reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. What:   Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Who: Mr. Bill Gordon, Member, Board of Directors, American Soybean Association, Worthington, Minn. Mr. David Ayers, President, American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agencies, Urbana, Ill. Mr. Tim Paurus, Representa...

  • Chairman Roberts Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today with a bipartisan group of senators introduced The Federal Water Quality Protection Act to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ‘Waters of the United States’ proposed rule. “I’m proud to lead agriculture’s charge in pushing back against EPA’s egregious federal overreach. Complying with the &...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on Child Nutrition Programs

    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 to review child nutrition programs. What:   A Review of Child Nutrition Programs Date:   Thursday, May 7, 2015 Time:   10:00 a.m. Place:  216 Hart Senate Office Building   -30-...

  • Agriculture Committee Leadership Ask for Avian Flu Emergency Assistance

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership today called for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers whose flocks suffered losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 infections.  Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. The foll...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act Review

    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 reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. What:   Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act Date:   Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Time:   2:30 p.m. Place:  328A Russell Senate Office Building ***Due to limited space in the hearing room, press bringing audio/video equipment shoul...

  • Chairman Roberts Hears from Government, Agriculture Stakeholders on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

    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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. The hearing, titled “Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba,” has two panels. For witness info, testimony, and to watch the hearing live, click here. “At the beginning of this Congress, I was hopeful that trade would be one area w...

  • Macon, Miss. Resident Completes Internship with U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee

    WASHINGTON, DC – Kelsey Unruh, a Macon, Miss. resident, this week completed a semester-long internship in office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, under Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. “I could not have spent my semester in a better way,” Unruh said. “I am so grateful to Senator Roberts and his staff for this opportunity.” Unruh, daughter of Dorsey and Lynda Unruh of Macon, Miss., will begin her third year of law school in the fall at Un...

  • Chairman Roberts Announces Witnesses for Senate Agriculture Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, DC – 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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What:  Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Who:  Panel I The Honorable Michael T. Scuse, Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC Mr. Matthew Bor...

  • Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, DC – 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 opportunities and challenges for agriculture trade with Cuba. What:  Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba Date:   Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Time:  10:00 a.m. Place:  328A Russell Senate Office Building -30-...

  • Chairman Roberts Highlights Deadline Extension for Farm Bill Programs

    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 regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s deadline extension for commodity programs created in the 2014 Farm Bill. “It is evident USDA listened to the concerns expressed by producers at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill,” Chairman Roberts s...