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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

Agriculture

Representing one of the most productive farming regions in the country, I have worked hard on agriculture issues both in Wisconsin and in Washington.  I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.  This is why I have spent my time in Congress fighting to reform and modernize our agriculture policy.  

Western Wisconsin is home to one of the largest dairy producing regions in the country. I have long believed that we need to forge a truly national dairy policy that stops pitting region against region. I have introduced a comprehensive plan to secure the future of the Wisconsin dairy industry. Read my full plan here(LINK).

Additionally, I have highlighted the promise and needs of organic agriculture by founding and co-chairing the Congressional Organic Caucus.

I have used my position on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee to advocate for tax benefits to help family farmers thrive and innovate. I authored a Biogas Investment Tax Credit to encourage dairy producers to control their animal waste with the use of manure digesters while also producing renewable energy.

I continue to look for new ways to assist small and beginning farmers and those who produce renewable energy on the farm through tax incentives; to expand market opportunities abroad; and to provide access to an adequate labor supply through reform of the H-2B program.

More on Agriculture

June 15, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Criticizes Trump Administration for Igniting Trade War

Tariffs on Chinese goods and retaliation will hurt Wisconsinite’s jobs and pocketbooks                                                        

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement, following the announcement that the Trump Administration will be imposing tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products, and the subsequent announcement of retaliation by the Chinese government.

June 11, 2018 Page

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Unveils 2018 Farm Bill Priorities Report

Report outlines Kind’s proposed fixes to Farm Bill and areas for improvement

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep Ron Kind unveiled his 2018 Farm Bill Priorities report, which outline his proposed changes to the current Farm Bill, and areas for improvement in the 2018 Farm Bill.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Unveils 2018 Farm Bill Priorities Report

Report outlines Kind’s proposed fixes to Farm Bill and areas for improvement

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep Ron Kind unveiled his 2018 Farm Bill Priorities report, which outline his proposed changes to the current Farm Bill, and areas for improvement in the 2018 Farm Bill.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Cosponsors Bill to Help Small and Family Farmers Create Conservation Programs

La CrosseU.S. Rep. Ron Kind recently co-sponsored the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide regulatory relief to farmers and ranchers that want to implement conservation programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

May 17, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Slams House Rules Committee for Blocking Bipartisan Amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill

 

May 15, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Proposes Bipartisan Amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind proposed seven amendments to the Rules Committee for consideration in the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. The amendments Rep. Kind led include amendments to create more transparency in the crop insurance program, protect the Conservation Stewardship Program, and avoid trade disputes with Brazil due to U.S. cotton subsidies.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Co-Sponsors Bill to Give New Farmers the Tools They Need to Succeed

Bipartisan Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act will expand access to land and skills for new small and family farmers

La Crosse - Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind co-sponsored the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill that will expand access to land for new farmers, and recruit and support the next generation of Wisconsin farmers.

May 3, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Fix Broken Cotton Subsidy Programs

Comes after Brazil’s Agriculture Minister states intent to challenge U.S. over new cotton subsidies

April 25, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls for Fairer NAFTA Deal for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers 

Kind sends bipartisan letter demanding USTR Lighthizer fight for U.S. dairy farmers

April 17, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Protect Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on the House Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to reinstate the Conservation Stewardship Program within the 2018 Farm Bill.  Under the recently released Committee text of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Conservation Stewardship Program funding will be eliminated.