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Pingree, Newhouse Introduce House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

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Pingree, Newhouse Introduce House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington) today introduced the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling and ensure Americans do not throw out perfectly good food. Studies have shown that Americans ... Read more »

VIDEO: In Hearing, Pingree Pushes USDA on a Final Organic Origin of Livestock Rule

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Today in a Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs Undersecretary Greg Ibach on the National Organic Program and the delay in the origin of livestock rulemaking. “It’s completely unacceptable that you’re goi... Read more »

Pingree Statement on Trump Administration's Relocation of USDA Research Staff to Kansas City

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to relocate hundreds of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) staff to the Kansas City area: “I am appalled with the Trump administration’s decision to force hundreds of Washington-based USDA research staffers to uproot their live... Read more »

Pingree Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Child Nutrition, Local Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced HR.3220, the Kids Eat Local Act, a bipartisan bill to support local and regional food systems and encourage healthy meal choices among school-aged children. The bill is cosponsored by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Congressman Josh Harder (D-Calif.) “Our children deserve healthy, nutritious lunches that are made with ingredients f... Read more »

Pingree Successfully Advocates for FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to Invest in Climate Research, Protect USDA’s Research Staff

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the full House Appropriations Committee has approved a FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies spending bill that reverses the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to a range of USDA programs—including several tackling climate change and the unnecessary relocation of key research staff. “... Read more »

Representatives Pingree and Massie Introduce Bipartisan PRIME Act to Empower Local Cattle Farmers, Meet Consumer Demand

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Today, two cattle-raising lawmakers, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) re-introduced the PRIME (Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption) Act to make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers. The PRIME Act (H.R. 2859/S. 1620) would give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as... Read more »

Pingree to Sec. Perdue: USDA’s Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Overdue, Synthetic Chemicals Found in Organic Operations Threaten Integrity of Organic Certification

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) recently sent Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue two letters advocating for the protection of organic integrity in food and livestock. “As an organic farmer, I know there can be absolutely no ambiguity when it comes to strong organic standards,” Pingree said of the urgency behind her correspondence to Secretary Perdue. “If consumers lose co... Read more »

How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change

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How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change Farming has always been a risky business. These are especially tough times for farmers—they’re operating on thin margins, trade wars are jeopardizing export markets, a serious mental health and substance abuse crisis is ravaging rural communities, and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Farmers are acutely feeling the economic effect of climat... Read more »

2017 Agriculture Census Results for Maine

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Maine – 2017 Agriculture Census Total farms: 7,600 (2017), 8,173 (2012) Land in farms: 1,307,613 (2017), 1,454,104 (2012) Average size of farm: 172 (2017), 178 (2012) Certified organic farms: 535 (2017), 457 (2012) Acres transitioning into certified organic production: 56 (2017), 65 (2012) Milk cows (number of farms): 450 (2017), 581 (2012) Milk cows (total number of cows): 30,443 (2017), 32,117 (... Read more »

In Letter, Pingree Cautions USDA Secretary Against SNAP Work Requirements, Says Policy Caused Maine’s Food insecurity to Spike to 15.8 percent

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and expressed her opposition to a USDA proposed rule that would institute work requirements for individuals who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In her letter, Pingree noted that when the state of Maine imposed a similar policy during the LePage administra... Read more »

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