Latest Chellie Pingree News

Casco Bay watershed acres to be protected in Maine

Dec. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EST

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine conservation authorities are going to use more than $450,000 in federal money to protect dozens of acres of coastal wetlands in the southern part of the state. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received the grant from the U.S....

Maine to receive more than $5.5M in school meal assistance

Dec. 26, 2021 08:22 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will receive more than $5.5 million from the federal government to support its school meal programs. The Maine Department of Education will receive the money, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said. Nearly $4 million will be supply chain assistance for...

USDA Maine Farm Service Agency director is appointed

Dec. 17, 2021 18:00 PM EST

A U.S. Department of Agriculture worker with 29 years of experience in agriculture in Maine has been tapped to guide federal farm policy and oversee agricultural operations in the state. The Biden administration announced Friday that Sherry Hamel has been appointed executive director...

Grants aim to help grow seafood, dairy industries in Maine

Dec. 04, 2021 12:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A project to grow the Maine seafood industry and an effort to expand the market for organic dairy products are among the recipients of grants to bolster food systems in the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $3.5 million to...

USDA to help Maine meat processor rebuild after plant fire

Nov. 29, 2021 09:09 AM EST

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing a small meat processor in Maine with $200,000 to help rebuild from a devastating fire last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving the money to Nest & Mullen LLC of Kennebunk, Democratic Rep....