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Lt. Governor Smith at Farmfest 2016

8/9/2016 3:34:16 PM

Last week, Lt. Governor Tina Smith travelled to Redwood Falls, Minnesota for Farmfest 2016: a celebration dedicated to the legacy of Minnesota farm communities and innovations in agriculture. 
The festival featured over 500 exhibitors, including the Minnesota Farmers Union, who chatted with Lt. Governor Smith about the needs and challenges of farm families in Minnesota. 
Tweet: Lt. governor Smith and the Minnesota Farmers Union
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association showed off an array of soy-based products. Minnesota is the third largest soybean producing state in the nation and soybeans are the state’s top export crop. 
Tweet: Lt. governor Smith meets with Minnesota Soybean growers
Lt. Governor Smith also recognized Minnesota’s Farm Families of the Year. These families are recognized annually for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. 
Tweet: Lt. Governor Smith meets with Minnesota Farm Families of the Year
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), which works with businesses and entrepreneurs to develop new uses for agricultural products, spoke to the Lt. Governor about their research. 
Tweet: Lt. Governor Smith meets with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Lt. Governor Smith met with members of Minnesota 4-H, a University of Minnesota Extension helping youth to get involved in engineering, animal science, and more. 
Lt. Governor Smith meets with members of the U of M Extension 4H
The Minnesota Pork Board came to discuss the successes and challenges of pork production in MN.
Lt. Governor Smith meets with members of the Minnesota Pork Board
The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association served a lunch of MN-grown beef sandwiches. 
Lt. Governor Smith meets with the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association
And finally, no Farmfest would be complete without a pork chop on a stick, grilled by The Minnesota Farm Bureau
Lt. Governor Tina Smith meets with members of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.
Click here to see more photos from Farmfest 2016. 
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