Maine Representative Chellie Pingree is celebrating the inclusion of several local food and farm provisions in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Committee is expected to start work on the bill in July.
Despite the fact that it is enormously expensive and influential, few people understand what the Farm Bill actually does.
Well, that's a relief. Portland Public Schools **don't serve pink slime**! (I wrote about some of the good things they do serve in this piece last year.)
Here's this, from a district release (via the "Seth and the City" BDN blog):
Unlike most other school districts in the country, Portland does not purchase ground beef from the U.
Freshman Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is stepping into some pretty big shoes. First, she has been assigned a seat on the House Armed Services Committee, a committee often including a Maine US representative (though her predecessor Tom Allen gave up his seat there for one on the Energy and Commerce Committee). It's considered an important seat because its members can use their influence to benefit Bath Iron Works (owned by General Dynamics), the Kittery Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Saco's General Dynamics plant, and other defense contractors around the state.