Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Food & Agriculture

food waste press conference

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is a national leader on food policy, including issues involving local food, food waste, and organic agriculture. She currently serves on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees federal funding for the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. 

As Congress prepares to work on the next Farm Bill, Congresswoman Pingree is introducing legislation to support local and regional food systems, increase funding for organic research, standardize food date labels, and reduce food waste across the food chain.   

During the last Farm Bill, Congresswoman Pingree served on the House Agriculture Committee. After years of work, the President signed a 2014 Farm Bill containing many of the reforms proposed in her Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act.  These reforms take important steps to support local farmers, invest in regional food systems, and give all consumers better access to nutritious food that benefits the local economy.  

Among others, her victories include: 

  • Making it easier to use SNAP benefits to purchase local food
  • More funding to promote farmers markets and farm stand, assist farmers seeking organic certification, and make local value-added products.
  • Reforming federal insurance programs that work better to protect organic and diversified farms​

But there is more work to be done to turn the nation's food policy right side up. Visit here for updates on her work to make our food system work better for the environment, people, and the economy.  

More on Food & Agriculture

Sep 18, 2017 Press Release
"I’m very concerned by the loopholes USDA Office of Inspector General’s found in the verification and inspection process that have allowed non-organic food from other countries to be sold as organic in the U.S.," Congresswoman Pingree said.
Aug 23, 2017 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and more than two dozen federal lawmakers from across New England sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that dairy milk be designated as an agricultural commodity eligible for Federal Crop Insurance and that the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop additional insurance products for dairy farmers.
Jun 27, 2017 Press Release

With three days left until the registration deadline, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is encouraging farmers to sign up for the USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture and make sure they’re counted.

Jun 21, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has been chosen as one of six recipients this year for the 7th annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for her support of national policies that promote healthy food, local and regional food systems, and organic agriculture.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

At a hearing today with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree raised her concerns about the deep budget cuts proposed for USDA that would weaken or eliminate many critical programs for rural America--from affordable housing to small business investment. She also urged the Secretary to get behind new areas of opportunity for farmers in Maine and across the country, including booming growth in the organics industry.

May 16, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Pingree, Newhouse, and Panetta introduce legislation to increase funding for USDA’s flagship organic research program
May 11, 2017 Press Release
CREAATE Act increases funding for two USDA programs that help Maine foods reach global market
May 10, 2017 Press Release

Today, despite 14 years of public input, the Trump Administration further postponed implementation of a new organic animal welfare rule until November—putting consumer confidence and economic opportunities for organic farmers in jeopardy. In response Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement: