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  I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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

March 20, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Yesterday, Rep. Ron Kind signed a bipartisan letter led by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) calling on U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo to ensure that H-2A agricultural visas get processed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—This, Rep. Ron Kind, along with Reps. Dan Kildee (MI-05), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)  introduced the Test Your Well Water Act, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to create an online tool on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website for Americans with a private well to find the resources to test their drinking water and then understand what those results mean.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after attending the President’s State of the Union address tonight:

“America is at its best when we work together, across party lines to get things done. I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make prescription drugs more affordable, lower health care costs, invest in our country’s infrastructure, and increase access to affordable, high-speed internet for rural areas.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signing the United States Mexico Canada Agreement:

January 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Senate passed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA):

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after President Trump signed the first phase of a trade deal with China: 

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced that a deal has been reached with United States Trade Representative Ambassador Lighthizer:

December 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding a plan to provide certainty and support for family farms, who are—as Secretary Perdue likes to say—“casualties” of this trade war.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Yesterday, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee announced that he approved temporary emergency shipments of propane to the Midwest. These shipments come after Rep.