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King, Pingree Introduce Bill to Expand Popular Grant Program for Maine Organic Farmers

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U.S. Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree have introduced legislation to ensure Maine organic farmers and businesses are well equipped to expand their businesses, reach new markets and further support Maine’s agricultural economy. The Organic Market Development Act would codify and increase support for an existing, and highly popular, grant program, which would…

Reps. Pingree, Lawler Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Curb Food Waste

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) today introduced bicameral legislation to help reduce food waste. The bipartisan New Opportunities for Technological Innovation, Mitigation, and Education to Overcome Waste Act, or the NO TIME TO Waste Act, would support research and new technologies, bolster collaboration between the…

Pingree, Timmons Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Invest in Climate-Forward Forestry Practices

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman William Timmons (R-S.C.) today introduced the Rural Forest Markets Act, bipartisan legislation to help small-scale, family forest owners and states forestry agencies access new economic opportunities and develop solutions to mitigate the climate crisis.  “The extreme heat, wildfires, and weather events the country has…

Congresswoman Pingree Leads Push to Ensure USDA Discrimination Settlement Money Reaches Women Farmers

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Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) leaders Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), DWC Chair, and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), urged Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure discrimination settlement funds reach women farmers and those who have faced discrimination by the…

Pingree, Agriculture Committee Democrats Draw Red Line on SNAP

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Amid continued Republican threats to take food away from hungry Americans by weakening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation's most effective anti-hunger program, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and her fellow Democratic House Agriculture Committee members are calling on Speaker Kevin McCarthy to respect the Farm Bill process and leave partisan politics…

PHOTOS: Mainers Turnout for Pingree’s Farm Bill Listening Session with US House Agriculture Committee in Midcoast Maine

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With Congress in the process of crafting a five-year legislative package to support American agriculture, nutrition, and rural development, U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) hosted House Agriculture Committee Chair Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and her fellow Committee members in Midcoast Maine for a listening session on the next Farm Bill. Pingree, Chair Thompson, and…

Pingree, Higgins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Fishing Communities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand financial support for fishing communities in Maine and across the country. The Fishing Industry Credit Enhancement Act would allow businesses that provide direct assistance to fishing operations – like gear producers or cold storage – to…

Pingree, Leger Fernández, Kiggans, González-Colón Introduce Bipartisan Women in Agriculture Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (R-Va.), and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico-At-Large) introduced bipartisan legislation to support women farmers and ranchers in Maine and across the U.S. The Women in Agriculture Act would create a Women Farmers and…

$300 Million USDA Investment in Climate-Smart Ag Builds on Pingree’s Agriculture Resilience Act Goals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is applauding the Biden Administration for its $300 million investment to improve measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The new investments, made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act, will advance priorities set by the…

Pingree, Baldwin, Collins, Lead Call for PFAS Funding in 2023 Farm Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led a bipartisan letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture urging them to address harmful PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances) contamination in the 2023 Farm Bill to help provide safe, clean water to farmers and rural…

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