Tina Smith

United States Senator for Minnesota

Agriculture

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Sen. Smith fought for a spot on the Senate Agriculture Committee because ag is the foundation of Minnesota's economy.

 

All Minnesotans are impacted by the Farm Bill, and as we move into the upcoming Farm Bill debate, Sen. Smith wants to make sure she brings together Minnesotans with a deep understanding of farm policy and how it impacts the state's producers, businesses, and communities. That's why shortly after joining the Senate, Sen. Smith launched her Farm Bill Working Group—so she can push Minnesota priorities after hearing from as many Minnesota experts as possible. She'll also be sure to keep fighting hard to defend the sugar program.

 

Sen. Smith understands that it's been a difficult past few years for agriculture, and she believes that the federal government should be giving farmers more support. She's heard from farmers about the high cost of health care-prescription drugs in particular. Sen. Smith's very first bill she introduced aims to address the cost of prescription drugs by making it possible to access more affordable prescription drugs.

 

It's also important to invest more in Greater Minnesota, and from her leadership post on the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee, Sen. Smith will be working to expand access to broadband and better infrastructure.

 

Thousands of Minnesotans are employed in the ethanol and biodiesel industry—selling corn and soybeans to biofuel facilities boosts the incomes of farmers around the state. Biofuels are good for energy security, for our environment, and for our economy, which is why Sen. Smith will advocate for a strong Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program.

Press Releases

Smith Wants to Ensure 2018 Farm Bill Helps Farmers to Protect Environment, Enhance Farming Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/21/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith recently introduced legislation that would help farmers create and maintain plans to improve soil and water quality on farms in Minnesota and across the country. Sen. Smith’s bill would also streamline coordination between two leading conservation programs in the Farm Bill.

Senator Continues Work to Support All Farmers, Including Those From Diverse Backgrounds

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith helped introduce legislation to make sure producers from diverse backgrounds—including veteran and immigrant farmers—are able to access services through a vital Department of Agriculture (USDA) program.

After Hearing From Minnesota Dairy Farmers, Senator Calls on U.S. Trade Representative to Address Canada’s Dairy Subsidies in NAFTA Renegotiations

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) has called on the nation’s top trade official to use the current NAFTA trade negotiations with Canada to end unfair Canadian dairypolicies that hurt Minnesota producers. In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Sen. Smith pressed him to make helping U.S. dairy farmers a top priority in the negotiations.

Today, Senator Visited Princeton, Minn.’s Haubenschild Dairy Farm, Where Renewable Energy Helps Keep 1400-Acre Operation Strong

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, has laid out a legislative roadmap for the energy section of next federal Farm Bill, which is being written in Congress this year.

Washington, D.C. Office

309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5641
 

State Offices

Moorhead Office
819 Center Avenue
Suite 2A
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone (218) 284-8721
 

Duluth Office
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Suite 104
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone (218) 722-2390
 

State Offices

Saint Paul
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Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone (651) 221-1016
 

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Rochester, MN  55901
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