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Pingree Celebrates USDA’s New Pandemic Assistance for Producers

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In reaction to the news of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement: “Small-scale producers bore the brunt of supply chain changes and pandemic-related losses in agriculture, and yet, they received inadequate support from the previous Department of Agriculture,” said Ping... Read more »

Pingree, Fortenberry, Thune, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Expand & Strengthen Local Meat Processing Capabilities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), joined by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to support small meat and poultry processors. The Strengthening Local Processing Act will increase options for local livestock and poultry producers and assist smaller facilities as they adapt to the COVI... Read more »

Pingree Backs Bill to Provide Targeted Pandemic Relief to Maine’s Small Farmers

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored the Local and Regional Farmer and Market Support Act, also known as the Local Farmer Act, introduced by Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, (D-N.C.). The Local Farmer Act would help the farmers, farms, and families hardest hit by COVID-19 by targeting aid directly to local and regional food producers and markets as they cope with the COVID-19 pan... Read more »

Pingree, McGovern, Walorski Raise Awareness of Global Food Insecurity on World Food Day

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Each year, the United States joins 150 nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in celebrating World Food Day to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from chronic hunger and all forms of malnutrition. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)—co-chairs of the House Food Recovery Caucus—as well as Jim McGovern (D-Ma... Read more »

Reps. Omar, Pingree Lead Letter Urging USDA to Extend School Meal Waivers Through the 2020-2021 School Year

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to extend school meal waivers for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. “[We] urge the Department of Agriculture (Department) to act swiftly to ensure children have access to nutritious meals through the current school year,” the members wrote. “... Read more »

Pingree, Fortenberry Introduce Legislation to Expand & Strengthen Local Meat Processing Capabilities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) today introduced legislation to support small meat and poultry processors. The Strengthening Local Processing Act will expand options for local producers and assist smaller facilities as they adapt to the coronavirus pandemic and expand to meet demand. “Maine has almost 3,400 diversified small farms that raise livest... Read more »

Pingree Leads 23 House Members in Demanding Investigation of Mail-Order Chick Deaths

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined by 23 House colleagues wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to demand an investigation into the recent deaths of thousands of mail-order chicks and to urge immediate action to rectify this issue. The members noted the importance of USPS to rural communities and sought answers on... Read more »

Maine Delegation Urges USDA to Act on Pres. Trump’s Lobster Order Before Monday’s Deadline

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Washington, D.C. — With the 60-day deadline fast approaching, today Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately act on President Trump’s June 24th memorandum to provide relief funds to the lobster industry. President Trump’s memo stated “the Secretary of Agriculture shall, within 60 days of the date of this memorand... Read more »

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 »

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