It seems that Sen. Pat Roberts (R- Kan) will take over as the ranking Republican on the Senate Ag Committee. Current ranking member, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R- Ga.) is moving to the Senate Intelligence Committee according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa).
According to Chris Clayton of DTN,
Roberts is a strong defender of direct payments, having effectively creating the program as House Agriculture Committee chairman for the 1996 farm bill. Wheat growers in his state are big backers of the program so shifting from Chambliss to Roberts as ranking member likely doesn’t create a huge ripple effect in policy shifts, at least in that regard.