Pingree Successfully Advocates for FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to Invest in Climate Research, Protect USDA’s Research Staff
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.
“As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, I’m proud that we’ve rejected the Trump administration’s proposals to drastically cut funding for such important agencies and programs. Instead, this bill invests $1 billion more than the FY2019 budget in growing markets such as local and organic agriculture, preserves research staff for the USDA’s science-based programming, helps address climate change, and includes measures to curb food waste,” said Pingree. “This bill also highlights the ways that agriculture can play a role in mitigating climate change. It not only supports USDA’s Climate Hubs, it also encourages the agency to look at carbon markets in agriculture and provides additional support to farmers dealing with the effects of climate change. These steps are key in order to ensure farmers—who are on the front lines of this crisis—have resources to help curb greenhouse gases.”
Pingree is the sponsor of the Agriculture Research Integrity Act of 2019, which would ensure USDA research agencies, including the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), stay in the national Capital region. H.R. 1221 would prevent Secretary Perdue’s proposed move of critical USDA research staff and prevent subject-matter experts from uprooting their lives or leaving their areas of expertise.
As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Pingree proudly advocated for the inclusion of the following funding items to support Maine’s farmers: