By Sara Wyant

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 – It is finally official. After weeks of speculation, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts was voted by fellow Republicans to be Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee today. The Kansas Republican goes into the history books as the first Member of Congress to serve as both chairman and ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“I am honored to continue working on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers in this new position,” Roberts said. “Our nation is blessed with the safest, highest-quality and most affordable food and fiber in the world. I look forward to working with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. We have a history of working together on the Agriculture and Finance Committees, and I know we will make a great team for American Agriculture.

Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan. 

“Production agriculture faces a serious challenge: doubling output over the next 40 years to meet global hunger demands,” added Roberts. “Yet our producers face critical hurdles in meeting this challenge. Often, the federal government is the source of their frustration. I look forward to being a champion for those who feed a troubled and hungry world, while looking for new ways we can propel our industry and our rural communities into the next generation.”

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