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National Farmers Union Endorses Smith
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

Sen. Tina Smith’s campaign announced the endorsement of the National Farmers Union for Smith’s hard work on behalf Minnesota’s farmers and ranchers and rural communities, as well as her leadership on the bipartisan Farm Bill that passed the Senate. Sen. Smith is a member of the Senate Agriculture committee.

“Minnesota farmers know Senator Tina Smith is working hard on their behalf on the Senate Agriculture Committee,” said National Farmers Union PAC Chairman Roger Johnson. “Whether she’s advocating for Minnesota interests in the Farm Bill, working to expand Minnesota's farm exports, or pushing to expand broadband in greater Minnesota, Tina Smith has Minnesota’s back.”

“A strong agricultural economy and vibrant rural communities are the heart of Minnesota,” said Senator Tina Smith. “I’m proud to have the endorsement of the National Farmers Union because fighting for Minnesota farmers will always be a top priority.”

After months of extensive listening tours and hard work, Senator Smith successfully fought to include issues that matter to Minnesotans in the Farm Bill. Specifically, the provisions to help expand broadband, trade opportunities, the use of renewable energy, protections for nutrition assistance programs and the Sugar program in addition to addressing the health care challenges that are unique to rural America.

In addition to the Farm Bill, Senator Smith has also cosponsored bipartisan legislation to expand Minnesota's farm exports by helping farmers, rural cooperatives, and small businesses sell more commodities abroad. She has introduced legislation to help Minnesotans afford to stay in their homes by maintaining rental assistance through the Rural Housing Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And she has introduced a bill to increase available funding for broadband projects in tribal communities and in remote and low-income areas. Tina’s bill would expand broadband to areas that are not currently served, allowing Minnesotans the opportunity to connect, compete, and create the lives they want.

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