In Farm Bill Year, Pingree Rejoins Agriculture Committee, Pledges to Fight for Mainers
Washington, February 9, 2023
Tags: Food and Agriculture
Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was reappointed by her Democratic colleagues to the House Agriculture Committee today, a committee assignment that will be vital in supporting Mainers as Congress crafts the 2023 Farm Bill.
“I’m grateful to my Democratic colleagues for once again electing me to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. As the only committee member who has on-the-ground experience as an organic farmer, I am eager to be a voice for small family farmers and local agriculture producers during Farm Bill negotiations,” said Pingree. “Every five years, Congress has an opportunity to build a more sustainable food system and create greater opportunity in rural America. I am determined to advance climate-smart agriculture, local food systems, and other commonsense solutions in this Farm Bill. It’s a long road ahead, but I am committed to working with Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Scott, and my fellow committee members to deliver a strong, sustainable, and comprehensive bill that fully seizes this critical moment.”
In Congress, Pingree has distinguished herself as a successful advocate for reforming food policies to help consumers access healthier food and to support organic and sustainable agriculture. She served on the House Committee on Agriculture from 2009-2012 before taking a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee. For the 117th and 118th Congresses, Pingree was granted a waiver to serve on both committees.
As a member of both the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, Pingree continues to be a vocal advocate for agriculture and food policy reform. Because of her leadership, the 2018 Farm Bill more than doubled funding for organic research, created the first federal produce prescription program, and created the local agriculture market program with permanent federal funding.
In addition to the Agriculture Committee, Pingree is continuing to serve on House Appropriations Committee this Congress, and is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which she chaired in the 117th Congress.