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April 9, 2013
 

Dear Friend, 
Earlier today I was thrilled to reintroduce the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act in Congress with the help of two very special guests, Top Chef host Tom Colicchio and Maine farmer Sarah Smith.

Like the legislation I introduced in the last Congress, the bill takes steps to better meet the needs of farmers involved in local and regional agriculture, increase access to healthy, local foods for consumers, and provide secure funding for programs that support the kind of diversified farms we have in Maine.  I'm pleased that Sherrod Brown is once again introducing a companion bill in the Senate.

You can find out more about the bill at www.pingree.house.gov/localfood.

Despite federal policy that has favored big ag, there has been incredible growth in smaller-scale food systems in recent years. When I began running a farm in Maine in the 1970s, farmers markets were few and far between. Today there are nearly 8,000 nationwide. Isn’t it time federal policy catches up so it can help this movement reach its full potential and help our economy?

Please keep in touch as we move forward with this legislation. 

Best,
Chellie

P.S. I've started a blog to highlight food policy and local food news on Tumblr, but it needs a good name. If you have an idea, please submit it here.


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