TOPEKA, Kan. - Inexplicably, Greg Orman is attacking Senator Roberts' service to Kansas, including his service to the state's agriculture community.
"While Greg Orman is desperately attacking Senator Roberts, the truth is that Senator Roberts has a clear record of leadership on agriculture in Kansas and is poised to be Chairman of the Agriculture Committee if Republicans take the Senate majority," campaign manager Corry Bliss said. "There's a reason so many ag associations, including Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association, endorsed Pat Roberts - and not Greg Orman."
- Pat has the support of the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, the Kansas Soybean Association, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, the Kansas Corn Growers Association, and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Boards.
- Pat is the first in member of Congress to serve as both Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
- He is the author of Freedom to Farm, a market oriented farm bill passed in 1996. In 2012, Pat passed his second Farm Bill through the Senate that strengthened crop insurance and cut 24 billion in federal spending and eliminated costly market and trade distorting subsidies.
- Pat fought for extensions for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) emergency haying and grazing, including CP 25 lands, which was unprecedented, to help livestock producers hard hit by crippling and ongoing drought.
- Pat has strengthened the federal crop insurance program, America’s best safety net for farmers and consumers.
- From his position as Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he fought for victims of MF Global’s collapse in the Commodities Market.
- Pat introduced a bill that was signed into law to provide for agriculture mediation to address loan problems and disputes before they grow to be too much for the producer too handle.
- Pat passed a bill to preserve the way some states, including Kansas, acquire commodities for their senior nutrition programs. This allowed Kansas to continue successful operations of senior nutrition programs, like Meals on Wheels.
- Pat helped pass legislation to improve our nation’s response to agroterrorism and bioterrorism.
- Pat is an outspoken advocate of free and fair trade. He has successfully fought for increased access to foreign markets, especially for beef producers following the mad cow disease crisis.
- Pat stopped Kansas water from being moved out of state, downstream on the Mississippi during the drought.