Senate Agriculture Committee leaders will remain the same this session, with Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts leading the committee and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow serving as the ranking member.
“I am humbled to be chosen by the Senate Republican Conference to lead the Agriculture Committee as we head into the 115th Congress,” Roberts said. “We’re going to take a hard look at what is and isn’t working, and we’ll start by listening. As I said when I first became Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, we must to listen to farmers and ranchers first. My focus remains the same.”
“Times are tough right now in farm country. We have low commodity prices and a tightening credit situation. We have immediate supply and demand challenges to address as well. Farmers and ranchers are asking me what can be done, especially for new and beginning producers just starting their operations. We will see what dials can be turned up or down in the current Farm Bill to provide some relief.
“We will also work with the Trump Administration to roll back regulations that have left those in farm country feel ruled, not governed.
“But we must also look ahead – way ahead – to the challenges agriculture faces in feeding the world. Too often the Congress looks in the rear view mirror. We need to look out over the dash at long term problems that we cannot ignore like water management, energy use and production, and the promise of developing agriculture technology.”
Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee were also announced:
-Thad Cochran, Mississippi
-Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
-John Boozman, Arkansas
-John Hoeven, North Dakota
-Joni Ernst, Iowa
-Chuck Grassley, Iowa
-Jeff Sessions, Alabama
-John Thune, South Dakota
-Steve Daines, Montana
-David Perdue, Georgia
Roberts is the only Congressman to hold the titles of both Senate and House Agriculture Committee Chairman and ranking member.
Source: Sen. Pat Roberts