U.S. Senator Tina Smith has been named Chair of the Rural Development and Energy Panel on the Senate Agriculture Committee.   She says she’s looking forward to working on issues important to outstate Minnesota including ag, renewable energy, and housing:

“The shortage of working families in small towns in Minnesota is really significant, that’s under the jurisdiction of this committee and I’m looking forward to working on that.”

In addition, Senator Smith says she has heard from farmers about the high cost of health care, including access to health care providers and access to mental health care resources, which is why she championed the creation of the rural health liaison at the USDA as well as funding for local mental health resources and to expand access to stress reduction and suicide prevention programs.