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 I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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
Rep. Ron Kind Calls on USDA Secretary Perdue to Protect Access to Mexican Market for Wisconsin Farmers
President Trump recently threatened to close the Mexican border, potentially closing trade markets for Wisconsin exports
Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish a Section 301 Exclusion Process for Tariffs
Comes after Amb. Lighthizer failed to establish process through the USTR office, despite requests from Congress
Reps. Ron Kind and Jackie Walorski Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Bill to Establish a Section 301 Exclusion Process
Reps. Kind, Sewell, Walorski, and LaHood Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Trade Security Act Aimed at Reforming National Security Tariffs
Bill will give power to Department of Defense over Department of Commerce when determining national security threat of Section 232 tariffs, and increase Congressional oversight
Kind, Gallagher, LaHood & Panetta Introduce Tariff Legislation
Bill Seeks to Reassert Congressional Authority on Tariffs
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Appointed to Trade and Health Subcommittees on Ways and Means
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind was appointed to the Trade and Health Subcommittees on the House Committee on Ways and Means. A statement from Rep. Ron Kind is below:
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Criticizes USDA for Using Bailout Funds to Buy Pork from Brazil
Kind also called on USDA to provide a comprehensive list of all foreign-owned companies receiving money from the bailout program
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Democrats in the House will work with “Republican numbers” this week to pass individual appropriations bills to fund federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.
“We’re going to use what they agreed to themselves, and we’re going to see if (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell is willing to take that up,” Kind said as he outlined his priorities heading into the 116th Congress.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Unveils Priorities for 116th Congress that Move Wisconsin Forward
Kind continuing to put Wisconsinites before Washington’s elite and powerful special interests
Rep. Ron Kind Votes Against Status Quo Farm Bill
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted against the 2018 Farm Bill, the Conference Report of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act.
His statement is below: