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Kansas Ag Connection - 12/03/2020

In his last hearing as chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Wednesday held a hearing titled, "Agricultural Research and Securing the United States Food Supply."

"During my time in public service, the United States has witnessed one of its greatest untold success stories -- federal policies that have fostered a scale and efficiency of the U.S. agriculture system that would have been unimaginable to our predecessors," Roberts said.

"Agriculture research drives change, efficiencies, and productivity. It is the foundation that supports our modern food system miracle. It is essential considering the growing chaos, hunger, and malnutrition in our world.

"Agricultural research has been a priority in all of the eight farm bills that I have had the privilege to work on.

"In a period of tight budgets and flat-lined discretionary spending, the 2018 Farm Bill, with 87 votes of support, provided an increase of $780 million in mandatory funding for agricultural research over 10 years.

"The Farm Bill also established new authorities and investments to bolster research and scientific understanding related to the security of our food supply."

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