Roberts named top Republican on Senate agriculture committee

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was voted the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

"Production agriculture faces a serious challenge: doubling output over the next 40 years to meet global hunger demands," he said in a statement. "Yet our producers face critical hurdles in meeting this challenge. Often, the federal government is the source of their frustration."

Roberts said his priorities are maintaining the production agriculture safety net, expanding trade for farmers and ranchers, oversight of regulations that affect American farmers, and maintaining the security and sustainability of food and agriculture sectors.

While in the House, he was also chairman and ranking member of the Agriculture Committee.