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 I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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
La Crosse, WI—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement in support of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ nomination of Brad Pfaff as the Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP):
La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation trip to Geneva, Switzerland where they will meet with officials from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to discuss modernizing the WTO and de-escalating of the trade war. Rep. Kind will advocate for changes that will allow for Wisconsin farmers and businesses to grow their exports in the global market.
Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement ahead of his trip:
Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Administration signed a trade deal with Japan that fails to give U.S. dairy adequate additional access to the Japanese market:
Washington, DC— Today Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act, which would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” to ensure consumers are fully informed when purchasing cheese.
La Crosse, WI— Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging Wisconsin dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage program after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that the deadline to sign up was extended to Friday, September 27, 2019. The program offers protection for dairy farmers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.
Washington, DC—Today, Wisconsin Reps. Kind, Moore, and Pocan—along with Reps. DelBene and Welch—sent a letter to United States Trade (USTR) Ambassador Lighthizer after finding out at the eleventh hour that the administration potentially failed to acquire a truly level playing field for U.S. dairy exporters into Japan. Instead, in the backdoor agreement, U.S.
La Crosse, WI—Today in a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, Rep. Ron Kind asked for Secretary Perdue to explain how over $2 million in trade aid went to some of the President’s closest political agricultural advisors from his presidential campaign, while family farmers in Wisconsin got next to nothing.
La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding changes to how the USDA distributes aid to farmers being impacted by the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.
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.