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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  I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act, which would provide tax incentives to farmers and rural electric cooperatives who invest in biogas technology. Rep. Kind was joined in introducing this legislation by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY).    

June 11, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act. This legislation would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” to ensure consumers are fully informed when purchasing cheese.   

June 4, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind unveiled a Family Farm Action Plan to secure the future of Wisconsin dairy. Rep. Kind’s comprehensive plan would support hardworking family farmers and help Wisconsin’s dairy industry continue to build a bright future.    

May 25, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced that the United States will take enforcement action to ensure Canada meets its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):   

May 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, during a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Biden Administration’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda, Rep. Ron Kind spoke about the importance of dairy access to Canada under the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its enhanced enforcement provisions, and expressed his commitment to working closely with the Administration to strengthen the World Trade Organization (WTO) and move forward with a bilateral trade negotiation with the U.K. Rep.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Darin LaHood (R-IL)Jim Costa (D-CA), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) led over 70 Members of Congress in a letter urging United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to press Vietnam to eliminate tariffs on U.S. pork, improving market access for domestic pork producers.   

April 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) joined Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)Rodney Davis (IL-13)Chellie Pingree (ME-01)Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) in introducing the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO), bipartisan legislation to improve the federal process for the oversight of organic food standards.  

April 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind called on United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to establish a new exclusion process that allows U.S. businesses to request relief from the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. At a time when many companies and their workers are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing this new process would help support domestic businesses and target the effects of the tariffs on China, rather than U.S. companies and consumers.