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Pingree: Many Issues with House GOP Farm Bill, No Help for PFAS-Impacted Farmers is ‘Just Wrong’

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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, voted against House Republicans’ Farm Bill proposal during the Committee’s markup on Thursday night, citing the bill’s failure to support farmers in Maine and across the country impacted by PFAS contamination, fisheries, food insecure Americans and children, foresters, and…

Pingree, Lawmakers to President Biden: Use Executive Authority to Lower Food Prices

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined a bicameral group of her colleagues in Congress in encouraging the Biden-Harris Administration to use its executive authority to lower food prices for families. In a letter to President Joe Biden, the lawmakers—led by Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—note how corporations have…

Pingree Applauds New School Meal Standards to Strengthen Child Nutrition and Support Local Food Purchasing in Maine

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, applauded new action by the Biden-Harris Administration to promote the health of America’s children through school meals. Notably, the new standards allow schools to require fresh foods to be locally grown, raised, or caught when…

Pingree Touts More Than $657,000 in Grants to Support Renewable Energy in Maine’s 1st District

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced 10 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants worth a total of $657,298 for businesses in Maine’s First Congressional District. The infusion of rural development funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President Biden. “The…

Pingree, Durbin Send Letter to VA Requesting Details on Produce Prescription Programs

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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough requesting information about the implementation of “produce prescription” initiatives at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In 2022, President Biden called on VHA to begin the implementation of “produce…

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Opposition to USDA Reclassification of Potatoes

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Amid concerning reports that potatoes could be reclassified as grains in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) are leading a bipartisan effort to express opposition to efforts to declassify potatoes as vegetables. In a letter to U.S. Department of…

Pingree Leads 35 Bipartisan Members of Congress in Push for Seafood-Focused Priorities in Next Farm Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led 35 bipartisan members of Congress in a letter to Agriculture Committee leaders of the House and Senate urging the establishment of a new Office of Seafood Policy and Program Integration at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); support for seafood procurement from small and midsize seafood…

Rep. Pingree Touts 16 USDA Grants, 2 Loans Worth Over $30 million for Midcoast Maine Businesses

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Today Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced 16 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and loans worth a total of $2.1 million for businesses in midcoast Maine. The infusion of rural development funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President…

VIDEO: Pingree Raises Concerns Over Maine’s Meat Processing Backlog with USDA Secretary Vilsack

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In a House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee hearing today with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) shed light on challenges Maine farmers are facing amid meat processing backlogs. Pingree, a longtime farmer and member of both the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, asked…

$100,000 USDA Grant Awarded to Support Maine’s Organic Market, Pingree Announces

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, today announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen and expand the organic market in Maine. Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick was awarded $100,000 through the USDA…

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