More Farmers Suing USDA Alleging Discrimination

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty last week filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the alleged race discrimination in the American Rescue Plan. Specifically, the organization targets a provision to offer loan forgiveness based on racial categories. The organization filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five plaintiffs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, […]

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, […]

Senators Offer Legislation to Help States Rebuild Infrastructure Following Extreme Weather

On Tuesday, senators Tammy Baldwin and Mike Braun introduced bipartisan legislation to help states rebuild stronger and more resilient roads, highways and bridges. The Wisconsin Democrat and Indiana Republican said the legislation will help states as they recover from extreme weather and natural disaster damage brought by severe storms, floods or hurricanes. The Federal Highway […]

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 […]

Farmers Union Foundation Donates Meals to Troops in D.C.

Farmers Union Enterprises recently donated $50,000 to provide roughly 5,000 meals to National Guard troops on duty in the nation’s capital. The funds went to D.C.-based restaurants Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers, both of which are part of Farmers Restaurant Group. FUE is made up of several Farmers Union-owned businesses in the Upper Midwest, […]

Lawmakers Introduce Emergency Feed Bill

Legislation introduced this week in the Senate would provide farmers and ranchers with additional flexibility to alleviate feed shortages in years with widespread excessive moisture, flooding or drought. The Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters with Cover Crops Act would create an emergency waiver authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to allow for haying, grazing or […]

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 […]

Senators Seek Guidance for Farmers Applying for PPP Loans

A pair of U.S. Senators want the federal government to issue guidance excluding C-FAP payments from farmers’ and ranchers’ 2020 gross receipts for purposes of obtaining a second draw loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. Senators John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, made the request in a letter to […]