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VIDEO: In Hearing with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Pingree Emphasizes Need to Support Farmers in Face of Worsening Climate Crisis

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In a House Agriculture Committee hearing today with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree sounded the alarm on the urgent need to support farmers in Maine and across the county facing challenges due to climate change. The hearing comes on the heels of devastating and costly storms in…

Pingree, Beyer, and Lawler Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Soil Health and Sustainability on Farms

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) introduced the Innovative Practices for Soil Health Act, bipartisan legislation to improve soil health on farms and support sustainable alternatives to annual agriculture by improving United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs to ensure they are better able to…

King, Pingree Announce Nearly $640,000 Grant to Strengthen Maine Organic Dairy Market

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U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced a $639,449 federal grant for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The Organic Market Development Grant (OMDG), awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will help fund MOFGA’s project to strengthen consumer and institutional demand for local organic dairy…

Pingree, Molinaro Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Organic Dairy Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Marc Molinaro (R-N.Y.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to support organic dairy farmers in Maine and across the country. The Organic Dairy Data Collection Act would enhance data collection at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

Pingree, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Meet with Maine Farmers, Discuss December Storm Impact, Climate Change, and More

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a longtime farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday met with agriculture leaders from across the state to discuss a spate of pressing challenges Maine farmers are facing. For the roundtable discussion at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Pingree and…

Pingree, House Pass Bipartisan Bill to Support Dairy Farmers, Allow Whole Milk in School Cafeterias

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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, which will allow for unflavored and flavored whole milk to be offered in school cafeterias through the National School Lunch Program. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa.) and Kim Schrier…

Pingree Leads Push to Aid Organic Dairy Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Senator Baldwin (D-Wisc.) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support organic dairy farmers in Maine and across the country as they continue to face environmental and economical challenges. Pingree…

Pingree Applauds Biden Administration’s Draft National Strategy to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

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Ranking member of the House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee, co-founder of the Food Recovery Caucus, and member of the House Agriculture Committee Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is applauding the Biden Administration’s draft national strategy to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030. Unveiled by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

Protect Billions in IRA Funds for Rural Clean Energy in Farm Bill, House Ag Dems Tell Committee Leadership

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Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and all Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee today wrote to Chair Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member David Scott (D-Ga.) urging they ensure the billions of dollars passed in the historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) be used only for the intended purpose: to aid rural communities, businesses, and utilities in their…

Pingree Announces $760,000 to Support Maine Farms

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, today announced nearly $760,000 in federal grants that will support Maine agricultural producers and businesses. Awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) will help four First District farms boost production and expand…

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