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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

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  I believe that current agricultural policies are out of date and do not reflect the needs of the average Wisconsin farmer in today’s modern economy.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

October 1, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on the Completion of NAFTA Renegotiations

La Crosse – Late last evening, the Trump Administration announced the completion of a trilateral NAFTA renegotiation. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:

September 27, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Meets with United States Trade Representative Lighthizer and Warns Against Leaving Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Behind

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind met with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss NAFTA renegotiations and the text of a bilateral U.S. and Mexico agreement, which is expected to be released to the public later this week.

Rep. Kind’s statement is below:

September 26, 2018 Press Release

Reps. Kind, DelBene, and Higgins Call on USTR to Slow Pace of NAFTA Renegotiations and Resolve Roadblocks with Canadian Dairy Market
Ways and Means Committee Members represent border-state dairy farmers that rely on access to Canadian market

September 11, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls for a Farm Bill for the People, Not for Millionaires and Billionaires

Congressional Budget Office acknowledges Title I subsidies are being abused by wealthy farmers, while small and family famers struggle.

August 28, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on the Rollout of President Trump’s Farm Aid Package

La Crosse – Yesterday afternoon, the Trump Administration laid out their plan to offer billions of taxpayer dollars in aid to farmers impacted by retaliation from the President’s imposition of tariffs on America’s historical trading partners. The rollout of the program will cost an initial $6 billion, with another $6 billion in payments expected by December.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:

August 9, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Hosts Roundtable in La Crosse with Wisconsin Farmers, Workers and Manufacturers to Discuss Safeguarding Wisconsin’s Rural Economy

Rural Economy Roundtable focused on Wisconsin businesses impacted by increased steel and aluminum tariffs and tariff retaliation

August 7, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Hosts Roundtable in Eau Claire with Wisconsin Farmers, Workers and Manufacturers to Discuss Safeguarding Wisconsin’s Rural Economy

Rural Economy Roundtable focused on Wisconsin businesses impacted by increased steel and aluminum tariffs and tariff retaliation

July 27, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Works to Help Veterans Find Careers in Agriculture

Bipartisan VET-2-FARM Act connects veterans with farmers and resources to help start their own farms after serving

July 26, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Cancel August District Work Period and Focus on Working Together to Help American Farmers, Workers and Families
Congress recessing without putting an end to tariffs that are hurting Wisconsin jobs and farms

July 24, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on President Trump’s Damage Control Farm Aid Package

La Crosse – Today, the Trump Administration announced a plan to offer billions of dollars in aid to farmers impacted by retaliation from the President’s imposition of tariffs on America’s historical trading partners. U.S. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement: