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  • December 08, 2016

    Senate Ag Chair Roberts: Child Nutrition Bill Is Dead

    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said yesterday that efforts to complete the bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs have come to an end, according to an article in The Hagstrom Report. The bill affects all federal feeding programs, including school breakfast and lunch programs, and formally expired in Sept. 2015. “In the end, we were not able to reach a bipartisan, bicameral compromise,” said Roberts. “As chairman of the committee, I remain committed to continuing to look for ways to increase integrity within the program and to provide flexibility to local school and summer meal program operators.”
  • November 04, 2016

    Cook sees Clinton winning, but adjusts Clinton, Senate ratings

    The Cook Political Report said this week it still believes that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will win the Electoral College in the presidential election, but it adjusted its ratings for five states toward Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and on Thursday adjusted two Senate ratings toward the Republican candidates.
  • September 29, 2016

    Senate Leaves Without Considering Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    The Senate adjourned on Sept. 29 without considering a bill to reauthorize the child nutrition programs for five years. The Senate Agriculture Committee has passed the bill unanimously, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) had hoped to convince members to allow the bill to pass by unanimous consent, according to The Hagstrom Report.
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
    September 19, 2016

    Senate Child Nutrition Bill Hotlined

    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are asking all members of the Senate if they have any objections to moving the bill reauthorizing child nutrition programs forward, a person close to the situation has confirmed to The Hagstrom Report. Under this “hotline” process, Senate offices have an opportunity to comment on whether senators approve of the bill or have objections.
  • August 02, 2016

    USDA Establishes GMO Law Implementation Panel as Controversy Continues

    The Agriculture Department has already established an interagency working group to implement the law requiring labeling of genetically modified products that President Barack Obama signed last month, according to The Hagstrom Report. The process will require formal comment periods and promises to be complex.
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN.) enjoyed a Blizzard during his visit to International Dairy Queen's Franchise Support Center last August.
    July 14, 2016

    Now’s the Time to Take Your Legislator to Work

    As Congress begins its seven-week recess, legislators are heading back to their home states. Now is the ideal time for dairy companies to plan to host a tour at their processing facilities. IDFA is challenging member companies to host a federal legislator or legislative staff member during August for “Take Your Legislator to Work Month.”
  • July 08, 2016

    Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    The Roberts-Stabenow bill preempts state GMO labeling laws, including the one in Vermont that went into effect on July 1 and establishes a federal system of mandatory disclosure of genetically modified ingredients to be administered by the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.
  • Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    July 06, 2016

    GMO Labeling Bill Gains Momentum Following Senate Vote

    The Senate voted today to curtail debate on bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) (pictured) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that would provide a national food disclosure standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. The procedural vote allows the Senate to limit debate on the bill to 30 hours, so the members may vote on the bill tomorrow or Friday.
  • June 24, 2016

    IDFA Commends Senate Ag Leaders for Bipartisan Agreement on GMO Labeling, Urges Swift Action

    IDFA commended Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for finalizing an agreement that would establish a national standard for GMO labeling. IDFA urged Congress to act quickly to pass the bill.
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman
    June 16, 2016

    Roberts spokeswoman: Action on GMO labeling ‘not yet’

    As the July 1 date that the Vermont law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods comes closer, bits of information are leaking out about negotiations between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Senate Agriculture ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for a federal labeling law to preempt the Vermont law, according to the Hagstrom Report.
  • June 08, 2016

    Join Us at 34th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party

    The 34th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party will be held June 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Upper Senate Park, which is adjacent to the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. The Hill's "coolest" summertime tradition will dish up about 2,000 gallons of ice cream and frozen yogurt, 6,000 root beer floats and 44 cases of sundae toppings. Be sure to join us!
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman
    May 04, 2016

    Roberts, Stabenow: Other Bills Come Before Farm Bill

    Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) may have their disagreements these days, but they agree that they have other bills to consider before they begin work on the 2018 farm bill, according to The Hagstrom Report. Roberts and Stabenow both said they look forward to the Senate considering their bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization bill.
  • April 13, 2016

    IDFA Celebrates Designation of New National Monument

    President Obama designated the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum, a site on Capitol Hill that has been central to the fight for women's equality for over a century, as America's newest national monument. Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, serves on the board of the museum, now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, and attended the announcement ceremony.
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
    March 18, 2016

    Vilsack, Groups Respond to General Mills Decision to Label GMO Foods

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the groups interested in the issue of labeling genetically modified foods all said that General Mills’ decision to label foods according to the new Vermont law shows the need for a federal solution, according to The Hagstrom Report.
  • March 02, 2016

    House Ed & Workforce in ‘Early Stages’ of Child Nutrition Bill

    In a sign of the difficulties reauthorizing the child nutrition programs face in Congress, an aide said the House Education and the Workforce Committee is only “in the early stages” of writing a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs. Mandy Schaumburg, the committee’s education deputy director and senior counsel, said the committee hopes to get the bill done this year, according to The Hagstrom Report.
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