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 I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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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Rep. Ron Kind Calls for Fairer NAFTA Deal for Wisconsin Dairy Farmers
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Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Protect Conservation Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on the House Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to reinstate the Conservation Stewardship Program within the 2018 Farm Bill. Under the recently released Committee text of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Conservation Stewardship Program funding will be eliminated.
Rep. Ron Kind: Standing up for Wisconsin Farmers
For the last few weeks, I’ve been holding Listening Sessions across western and central Wisconsin to hear your concerns and questions. While our conversations were different from Alma to Platteville, one topic came up at every Listening Session: How are we going to protect our farmers and our local economies from the impact of retaliation and tariffs?
Rep. Ron Kind Calls on USDA Secretary to Protect Wisconsin Farmers from Trade Retaliation
European Union has promised to retaliate following steel and aluminum tariffs
La Crosse – This week, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to protect Wisconsin farmers, and inform Congress of efforts the Department would take if retaliatory tariffs by the European Union (EU) are implemented in response to President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Farm Bill 2018: Helping our Family Farms Grow
As discussions begin about the upcoming Farm Bill, I have been traveling around western and central Wisconsin to meet with farmers to hear what they would like to see addressed.
Our Wisconsin farmers brought up a number of pressing issues they are facing, including failing infrastructure, low milk prices, labor shortages, and problems with the Margin Protection Program.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind met with United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer to discuss the ongoing NAFTA renegotiation and the impact leaving the agreement would have on Wisconsin’s dairy industry.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to House leadership calling on them to increase funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development programs. President Trump’s budget proposal seeks to impose severe cuts to Rural Development programs.
In a recent report the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that insurance companies can earn hefty profits selling and servicing federal crop insurance policies, and USDA could reduce program costs by hundreds of millions of dollars by lowering the guaranteed profit insurance companies receive. Rep. Kind has been working with his Republican colleagues to change this unfair policy and shift away from a crop insurance system that helps powerful special interests at the expense of family farmers.
La Crosse, WI – Today, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, after at first proposing deep cuts, fully funded the Farm Service Agency loan programs. When the proposal to cut funding was announced, Rep. Kind successfully led a bipartisan coalition in pushing the committee to fully fund the program.