Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has ousted Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) as the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee in the new Congress.
The move makes it more likely that the new five-year farm bill the committee is crafting will have more provisions for southern crops.
“I will use the experiences I’ve gained in serving on the committee since 1979 to help quickly advance a new Farm Bill that will meet the needs of our country’s farmers, small businesses and those who rely on the nutrition programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction,” Cochran said in a statement.
Roberts on Thursday conceded that Cochran has the seniority to win the role.