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Senator Pat Roberts Tells Farm Bureau That He's Proud of Final Product That Came Out of the 2018 Farm Bill Process

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:25:19

Senator Pat Roberts Tells Farm Bureau That He's Proud of Final Product That Came Out of the 2018 Farm Bill Process The highlight of the Opening General Session of the 100th Anniversary Convention of the American Farm Bureau were the remarks offered by the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, Pat Roberts of Kansas. Convention planners had apparently planned on the the Senator speaking for about five minutes- and that was what could be seen at the podium on the teleprompter screen as the Senator arrived at the podium. Senator Roberts, saw that- told the audience and then added "no Senator has ever spoken for only five minutes."

Senator Roberts lived up to that statement, but offered brillant off the cuff comments about his time in both the House and Senate Ag Committees- and how Farm Bureau has been a big part of being successful in moving farm bills through Congress and then being signed by the President.

Senator Roberts, who is the only lawmaker to ever serve as both the Chairman of the House and Senate Ag Committees, made reference to both the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill which went through Congress when Roberts was Chair of the House Committee- and the more recent 2018 Farm Law, on which he was the point person as Chair of the Senate Ag Committee and Chair of the Farm Bill Conference. The Senator told the Farm Bureau audience that while the Freedom to Farm Bill was more of a revolution in farm policy- 2018 "was the not the time to be more exciting- this was not the time to be revolutionary- it was time to provide certainty and predictability to farmers who were going through a very rough patch- in all commodities and by golly, this is what we did."

Roberts says that the first issue that he brought up to President Trump when he had a one on one with the President- Crop Insurance. Senator Roberts says that the President listened to him and that he ended up telling his head of the Office of Management and Budget that we won't cut Crop Insurance.

Crop Insurance survived and was a key part of the 2018 Farm Bill that is now the law of the land.

You can listen to the complete remarks of Senator Roberts at the 2019 AFBF Convention by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

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Senator Pat Roberts speaks to Farm Bureau Members at AFBF Convention in New Orleans.
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