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 I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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.
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La Crosse, WI—Just in time for back to school shopping, the Trump Administration announced another round of tariff increases on $300 billion worth of Chinese exports—including pens, pencils, classroom instructional tools, children’s shoes, and cellphones—further escalating the U.S.-China trade war.
Washington—Today, Rep. Ron Kind called on Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and the President’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, to provide more information after the President claimed that China would be making large purchases of agricultural products weeks ago. To date, no such purchases have been made.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act, bipartisan legislation that will provide tax incentives for farmers and rural electric cooperatives who invest in biogas technology.
WASHINGTON – This week, the House of Representatives passed a number of bipartisan proposals authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind that will benefit Wisconsin.
“I was proud to see my amendments pass on the House floor with strong bipartisan support. These amendments will directly benefit rural communities and sportsmen in western and central Wisconsin.” said Rep. Ron Kind, “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these proposals are signed into law in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON – Today, during a hearing with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind urged USTR Lighthizer to end the misguided trade war that is hurting Wisconsin’s farmers, workers, and families.
Watch the video here.
Since the Trump Administration’s trade war began in March of 2018, Wisconsin taxpayers have paid $251 million in additional taxes, and have seen a 30 percent drop in exports subject to tariff retaliation.
Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Commitment to Lift Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada and Mexico
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of their intent to lift Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico:
Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bill to Address Veterinarian Shortage Across Rural Wisconsin
Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Reckless Tariff Increases
WASHINGTON – Today, the Trump Administration announced tariff increases – from 10% to 25% - on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, escalating the U.S.-China Trade War. China, the world’s second largest economy, has vowed to further retaliate against the President’s unilateral trade policies. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:
Rep. Ron Kind Joins Farmers in Rallying for Wisconsin’s Rural Economy
Bangor, Wisc. – Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind joined Farmers for Free Trade, an advocacy nonprofit promoting the benefits of trade for American exporters, and Wisconsin farmers for a rally in Bangor, Wisconsin. The rally was included as a stop in Farmers for Free Trade’s cross-country “Motorcade for Trade” RV tour.
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