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 Encourages Speedy Adoption of Broadband Expansion NewsWatch Today Article 06/20/17
ICBA, Coalition Support Funding for USDA Farm Loans NewsWatch Today Article 06/13/17
ICBA Joins FDIC Roundtable on Ag Industry NewsWatch Today Article 06/08/17
ICBA Urges Proper Funding for Farm Bill, Crop Insurance, Guaranteed Loans Press Release 05/23/17
ICBA Takes Tax-Reform Principles to Key Committee NewsWatch Today Article 05/18/17
USDA Elevates Rural Development in Reorg NewsWatch Today Article 05/11/17
Senators Seek Robust Farm Service Agency Funding NewsWatch Today Article 05/09/17
ICBA Supports Bill Offering Tax Relief for Rural Lending Press Release 04/28/17
ICBA Testifies on Need for Enhanced USDA Credit Programs NewsWatch Today Article 04/04/17
ICBA to Congress: Enhance USDA Credit Programs to Prevent Farm Credit Crunch Press Release 04/04/17
ICBA Testifying on Improving Farm Bill Credit Programs NewsWatch Today Article 03/31/17
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

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Senators Cochran and Leahy and Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey
06/14/2017
Sens. Cochran and Leahy and Reps. Frelinghuysen and Lowey
05/01/2017
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

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
FCC
06/20/2017
USDA
05/05/2017
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

Testimonies

Title Committee Presenter Date
House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
Steve Handke
04/04/17
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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