Supporters: Proposed Legislation Will Provide Certainty For Organic Growers

Late last week, a host of lawmakers including central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and western Oregon’s Peter DeFazio introduction legislation they say will improve the federal process for the oversight of organic standards. Supporters says the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act [the CIAO Act] will establish a new framework for advancing organic standards, […]

Kind Introduces Legislation Aid At Addressing Shortage In Veterinarians

Legislation recently introduced by Representative Ron Kind looks to help address veterinarian shortages nationwide. He said the bipartisan Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act would lift the overly burdensome taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in rural communities. The Wisconsin Democrat said access to veterinarians in rural areas is critical. “My legislation, […]

Legislation Would Expand Access to Affordable Credit for Farmers

A bipartisan bill introduced this week looks to improve credit opportunities for rural America. The legislation, the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act, would remove taxation on income from farm real estate loans made by community banks. Authors of the bill, Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind and Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra said the act would […]

Legislative Fix Introduced to Make More Farmers Eligible for PPP

Supporters says new bipartisan legislation will make more farmers and ranchers eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, recently introduced the Paycheck Protection Clarification for Producers Act. The legislation would allow farmers and ranchers organized as partnerships or limited liability companies access to the […]

Bipartisan Push Seeks More Farmers and Ranchers Eligible for PPP Loans

Lawmakers seek clarified terms to ensure more farmers and ranchers are eligible for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. The request, via a letter to the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration, was led by Representative Ron Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrats, along with Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The lawmakers […]

Kind Pushes For Change To PPP Rule

A rule change advocated by Representative Ron Kind allows rural states a larger share of the Paycheck Protection Program. The Wisconsin Democrat said the Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifeline for farmers and small businesses, but too many were getting left behind. “I worked hard to make sure that our family farmers also qualified […]

Legislation Looks To Establish Dairy Pricing, Policy Commission

In mid-September, lawmakers from Wisconsin introduced legislation in the U.S. House to create a Dairy Pricing and Policy Commission. The proposal would evaluate the difficulties dairy farmers are facing and recommend solution to secure their future. Representatives Ron Kind and Mike Gallagher, both Democrats from Wisconsin, introduced the bill. Kind said lawmakers need to step […]

Don’t Leave Dairy Behind in Japan Negotiations

A total of 50 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week, urging him to work swiftly on a Phase Two Agreement with Japan. The letter was also sent to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They say the recent Phase One agreement with Japan made progress on several important […]

Wisconsin Representative Asks Perdue for More Certainty

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind fired off a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding more information after the Secretary and the President brought up the possibility of more trade aid for farmers. Perdue had recently told farmers “not to anticipate” more aid in 2020, but Kind points out that the purchases promised in the trade […]

Kind Introduces CURD Act to Protect Quality of Cheese

A bipartisan bill introduced by a dairy country lawmaker would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” to ensure consumers are fully informed when purchasing cheese.  Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, this week introduced the bipartisan Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act, called the CURD Act.  Kind said the bill “will give customers the information […]