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.
Senator Urges Need to Open New Markets, Pass Bipartisan Farm Bill, Strengthen RFS, Address Grain Storage Shortage
WASHINGTON, D.C. [09/26/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, pressed the President and other top Trump Administration farm and trade officials to quickly take several meaningful steps to address the growing economic unease being felt by farmers and ranchers in Minnesota and across the country.
Senator Calls On Trump Administration to Lay Out Detailed Strategy to Address Effects Of Tariff Actions on Farmers in Minnesota, Across Nation
WASHINGTON [07/23/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) shared concerns with top officials in the Trump administration about the effects the President’s recent tariff increases will have on farmers in Minnesota and across the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/28/18]—Today, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.)—a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee—urged her Senate colleagues to pass the bipartisan Farm Bill in order to provide more certainty to farmers, and to support jobs in Minnesota and across the country.
Senator Says Bipartisan Legislation Includes Provisions She Fought For That Will Help Minnesota
WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/28/18]—After taking a leading role in making sure Minnesota priorities are included in the 2018 Farm Bill as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, U.S Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) was proud to help pass the bipartisan legislation in the Senate today.
Last month, Smith, Klobuchar, and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture requesting that the enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) be extended
Enrollment for MPP-Dairy continues through June 22, 2018; Dairy farmers are encouraged to apply now
Says Panel Included Several Provisions She Fought for That Will Help Minnesota
Farmers, Businesses and Communities, While Bolstering Jobs and Economic Growth
Senator to Push For Passage When Senate Agriculture
Committee Takes Important Measure Up Next Week
Senator Leads Bipartisan Push for Strong Funding and Focus on Energy As Senate Begins Work on Farm Bill in Coming Days
WASHINGTON, D.C [06/04/18]—As the Senate prepares to begin work on the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S Senator Tina Smith, today told the leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee that expanded use of renewable fuels and increased investment in rural energy programs will be key to creating jobs and reviving the nation’s lagging farm economy.
Senator Leads Colleagues in Urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Extend Deadline for Vital Program Set to End June 1