Agriculture & Rural America

ICBA and its member community bankers develop and provide Congress and regulators key policy positions on important issues affecting the farm and rural economy. Specifically, rural community bankers continually stress the need to: rein in the Farm Credit System and eliminate its tax advantages; maintain a robust crop insurance program; ensure a viable farm bill that meets the needs of rural lenders, their borrowers and rural communities; and ensure USDA loan programs are designed to be user friendly and meet the needs of farmers and ranchers and small businesses and rural communities.


Articles & Press Releases

Title Publication Date
ICBA Seeks Congressional Hearings on Farm Credit System NewsWatch Today Article 03/29/17
ICBA Supports Perdue Nomination for Ag Secretary NewsWatch Today Article 03/22/17
ICBA, Coalition Back Continued Support for Crop Insurance NewsWatch Today Article 03/13/17
House Ag Committee Requests Farm Bill Flexibility NewsWatch Today Article 03/01/17
Agencies Release Swap Margin Guidance NewsWatch Today Article 02/23/17
ICBA Urges Congress to Avoid Farm Bill Cuts NewsWatch Today Article 02/21/17
Rural Decline Slows in February: Index NewsWatch Today Article 02/16/17
Congress Preps for Farm Bill with Hearing on Rural Economy NewsWatch Today Article 02/15/17
USDA Offering Assistance Following Southeast Storms NewsWatch Today Article 02/08/17
USDA Projects Continuing Financial Deterioration NewsWatch Today Article 02/07/17
Bill Would Increase USDA Loan Levels NewsWatch Today Article 02/03/17
New Ag Loans Declined in Q4: KC Fed NewsWatch Today Article 01/23/17
Rural Economy Continues to Struggle: Index NewsWatch Today Article 01/23/17
Trump Names Sonny Perdue to Head USDA NewsWatch Today Article 01/19/17
House Ag, Banking Panels Flesh Out Membership NewsWatch Today Article 01/11/17
Spending Bill Includes ICBA-Backed USDA Funding NewsWatch Today Article 12/08/16
ICBA, Coalition Seek Adequate Funding for Farm Service Agency NewsWatch Today Article 12/02/16
FCS Regulator Says Questionable Practices Meet ‘Other Credit Needs’ NewsWatch Today Article 11/30/16
Tonsager Tapped to Lead Farm Credit Administration NewsWatch Today Article 11/29/16
Rural Index Remains Weak in November NewsWatch Today Article 11/21/16

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Senators Roberts and Stabenow
03/22/2017
USDA, OMB, Congressional Budget and Appropriations Committees
03/13/2017
House, Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees
02/21/2017
Senators Moran and Merkley and Representatives Aderholt and Farr
12/01/2016
Representative Jenkins
10/26/2016
Senators Moran and Merkley, Representatives Aderholt and Farr
09/15/2016
Senators Hoeven and Klobuchar
09/15/2016
Senators Moran and Merkley; Representatives Aderholt and Farr
06/02/2016
Senator Roberts
05/26/2016
Senator Roberts
04/29/2016
Congress
03/21/2016
Senators Enzi and Cochran and Representatives Price and Rogers
03/09/2016
House
11/24/2015
Senators Moran and Merkley
07/13/2015
Representatives Aderholt and Farr
06/17/2015
Senators Hatch and Wyden, Representatives Ryan and Levin
05/14/2015
Representatives Conaway and Peterson
05/14/2015
Senators Enzi and Sanders and Representatives Price and Van Hollen
02/23/2015
House and Senate Budget Committee Members and House and Senate Agriculture Committee Members
02/04/2015
House
06/09/2014

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
USDA, OMB, Congressional Budget and Appropriations Committees
03/13/2017
FCA
10/17/2016
USDA
12/11/2015
Farm Credit Administration
06/24/2015
Farm Service Agency
06/04/2015
Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration
04/20/2015
Farm Credit Administration
12/22/2014
Farm Credit Administration
12/17/2014
USDA
12/08/2014
FCA
11/18/2014
Farm Credit Administration
10/23/2014
Farm Credit Administration
04/30/2014
FCC
03/05/2014
FCA
02/18/2014
Farm Credit Administration
01/15/2014
Farm Credit Administration
10/21/2013
FSA
06/03/2013
Farm Credit Administration
04/22/2013

Testimonies

Title Committee Presenter Date
House Agriculture Committee
Written Statement
03/29/17
House Small Business Committee
Written Statement
06/09/16
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry
Gus Barker
05/19/16
House Agriculture Committee
Written Statement
12/02/15
House Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
Sean Williams
06/25/14

Summaries

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