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  I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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

May 21, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind is reminding farmers and agricultural producers that they are still able to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), including up to a $10,000 grant that does not need to be repaid. Due to funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications in order to assist agricultural businesses.

May 21, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind is reminding farmers and agricultural producers that they are still able to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), including up to a $10,000 grant that does not need to be repaid. Due to funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications in order to assist agricultural businesses.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) joined Reps. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) in introducing the bipartisan Farmer’s Milk in Low-Income Kitchens (MILK) Act, which would expand the existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Milk Donation program to help get milk into the hands of the food insecure. The bill authorizes the USDA to act as a matchmaker between dairy producers with excess milk with food banks that can distribute that milk to those in need.

May 19, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) joined Reps. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) in introducing the bipartisan Farmer’s Milk in Low-Income Kitchens (MILK) Act, which would expand the existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Milk Donation program to help get milk into the hands of the food insecure. The bill authorizes the USDA to act as a matchmaker between dairy producers with excess milk with food banks that can distribute that milk to those in need.

May 5, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to take steps to develop new ways to distribute high-quality food from family farmers to families in need.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA), Glenn (GT) Thompson (R-PA), and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin calling for additional guidance that will allow farmers access to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) who would otherwise be shutout. 

April 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and provides more funding for hospitals, health care workers, and testing. The legislation passed through the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.

April 16, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind introduced his Family Farm Rescue Plan, which focuses on five concrete steps that the Administration can immediately take to support family farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding to know what he is doing to support dairy farmers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Rep. Kind is pressing Secretary Perdue to explain why he has still not reopened the dairy margin coverage (DMC) program.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, urging him to provide transparency during the rollout of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and ensure rural communities across Wisconsin have access to the economic support they need during this pandemic.