U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and his staff received awards for their leadership on issues important to wheat producers from the National Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Senator Roberts received the Wheat Advocate Award given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Senator Roberts is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. He is the first member of Congress to also serve as both the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and as Ranking Member on the Senate Committee. Mike Seyfert, Republican Staff Director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Ryan Flickner, Senator Roberts’ Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor, both received the Friend of Wheat Award given annually to congressional staff members who have demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. Seyfert has worked with Roberts for nearly 15 years with Flickner on Roberts staff since 2007.