The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is wasting no time in getting to work on the next Farm Bill. Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced today that the first field hearing of the 115th Congress will focus on the Farm Bill reauthorization in Manhattan, Kan., on Feb. 23.
Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, America’s first land-grant university, and the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility. K-State is also Roberts’ alma mater.
“It’s time to get to work on another Farm Bill, and we’re heading straight to the heartland to talk directly to producers,” said Chairman Roberts. “I can’t think of a more appropriate venue to hold this hearing than Manhattan, Kan.”
The hearing is titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas” and will be hosted in McCain Auditorium, though the time is yet to be announced.
“Our producers have had time to employ the programs in the current Farm Bill, and they have a lot to say. We need clear direction on what is working and what is not working in farm country, and we will be listening to see what needs to be adjusted,” Roberts said.
Attendees will hear testimonies from a variety of agricultural producers who have yet to be announced.
“I am looking forward to this first field hearing in Chairman Roberts’ home state to hear directly from producers and others who care about rural America so we can craft a bill that continues to strengthen American agriculture as well as small towns and rural communities,” said Stabenow.