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Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Promote Carbon Sequestration Markets for Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement on her co-sponsorship of H.R. XX, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, legislation to promote climate-friendly agricultural practices by increasing farmers’ access to carbon markets: “Farming has always been a risky business, but this moment is an especially tough one for farmers: climate change is creating unpred... Read more »

Pingree, DeLauro, McGovern, Lee, Fudge, Hayes, Haaland, Pocan Introduce Emergency Food Security Bill Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

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Today, US Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act, new legislation to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus by: Temporarily increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) b... Read more »

Following Pingree’s Advocacy, USDA Approves Maine DOE’s Request to Allow Flexibility for School Meal Service Program Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Following Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)’s questioning of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about how his agency would provide states with flexibility to alter how school meals are provided amid the coronavirus outbreak, the USDA has approved the Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) emergency school meals program waiver. “For the one in five Maine chi... Read more »

In Committee Hearing, Secretary Perdue, Rep. Pingree Emphasize Soil Sequestration as ‘Win-Win’ to Reduce Nation’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Boost Farmers’ Profits

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In a House Agriculture Committee hearing, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the USDA’s new Agriculture Innovation Agenda, which sets the goal of increasing U.S. agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. Pingree—who recently introduc... Read more »

Congresswoman Pingree Introduces the Agriculture Resilience Act to Promote Farmer-Driven Climate Solutions

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), comprehensive legislation that sets a bold vision of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. agriculture by the year 2040. “Farming has always been a risky business, but unpredictable, extreme weather patterns are creating immense challenges that threaten our nation’s food production and jeopa... Read more »

Rep. Pingree Applauds USDA’s Plan to Curb U.S. Agriculture’s Environmental Impact

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of a forward-thinking plan to cut U.S. agriculture’s environmental footprint in half by 2050. Pingree said of USDA’s new Agriculture Innovation Agenda: “It’s encouraging that the USDA has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector. Extreme weather events and... Read more »

Pingree Announces $260,449 USDA Grant to UMaine Cooperative Extension

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced a grant award of $260,449 to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The grant comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP), funded through the 2018 Farm Bill. The grant awarded to the University of M... Read more »

Pingree, Newhouse, Bonamici Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Food Waste in Nation’s Schools

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) along with Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) today introduced H.R. 5607, the bipartisan School Food Recovery Act. The bill will create a new program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support schools working on food waste reduction projects. “One in five kids in Maine doesn’t have enough to eat, while... Read more »

Pingree Votes for FY2020 Funding Bills, Including Support for Local and Organic Agriculture, Food Waste Prevention

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for the passage of the FY2020 appropriations bills, including agricultural funding which she pushed for with her seat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. The FY2020 agreement included funding for programs Pingree helped to create in the 2018 Farm Bill. “Farmers feed America, and they deserve support from Congress during these... Read more »

Representatives Massie & Pingree Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Allow Interstate Traffic of Raw Milk

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Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Interstate Milk Freedom Act (H.R. 5410) today. This bill prohibits federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption. It’s legal to drink raw milk in 50 states. It is legal to sell raw milk in 28 states. Congress has never passed a ban... Read more »

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