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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 »

Pingree Votes for Bipartisan Immigration Bill to Support Farmers, Farm Labor

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted to pass H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, of which she is a cosponsor. The bipartisan bill is immigration reform legislation designed to support farm businesses who rely on H-2A visas to fill positions in a tight labor market and allow long-time agricultural workers in the U.S. to earn legal status. “Maine farms, which are overwhel... Read more »

Pingree Statement on Finalized Trump Administration Rule to Cut SNAP for Nearly 700k Recipients

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in light of USDA’s announcement that the Trump administration will tighten work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is estimated to cut benefits for nearly 700,000 recipients: “The Trump administration gave trillion dollar tax cuts to corporations and billionaires, yet they don’t think peopl... Read more »

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter to FDA Urging Legal Pathway for CBD

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman James Comer (R-Ky.) today sent a bipartisan letter signed by 25 members of Congress to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to quickly provide legal clarity and establish a regulatory pathway for food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). “During these challenging times for the agricultural economy, far... Read more »

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 »

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