In Her First Senate Ag Committee Meeting, Sen. Tina Smith Takes Leadership Role on Rural Development and Energy Panel

Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith joined her first Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, where she was named ranking member of the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee. She vowed to use her new position to advocate fiercely for Minnesota’s priorities during this year’s rewrite of the federal Farm Bill.

You can download a clip of her speaking in the hearing here.

“I fought for a spot on the Agriculture Committee because farming is the foundation of Minnesota’s economy,” said Sen. Smith. “As we move into this year’s Farm Bill debate, I’m going to push Minnesota’s priorities and talk with as many ag experts, rural businesses, and farming families as I can. I’m also glad that my new leadership role on the Rural Development and Energy Subcommitee gives me the opportunity to be a strong advocate for rural Minnesota’s proud communities.”

Last week, Sen. Smith launched an “Ag Working Group” to bring together Minnesota stakeholders and ensure their voices are heard as Congress crafts federal farm policy. The Senator will be hosting a kickoff event for her working group next week. If you would like to contribute to Sen. Smith’s coalition, please send your input to