Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Reforming agriculture policy

After years of work, the President signed a 2014 Farm Bill containing many of the reforms proposed in Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's 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, 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, as you can tell from the graphic above, 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.  

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More on Reforming agriculture policy

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:

Apr 12, 2017 Press Release
Rules written to protect farmers who struggle under unfair contract with giant processors
Dec 19, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Pingree held a roundtable for stakeholders from Maine's dairy industry on December 15 to get their feedback on how federal programs are working for them.  With her is USDA Farm Services Agency Deputy Administrator Brad Pfaff, who oversees some of these programs.  The event was the second she held to collect feedback from Mainers ahead of Congress' upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The first was held in Wiscasett in November.

Dec 14, 2016 Press Release

Meeting with contract poultry farmers
Congresswoman Pingree talks with a group of contract poultry farmers about the unfair practices large processors have subjected them to.