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 Statement on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill Press Release 05/18/18
House Farm Bill Proceeds to Floor Debate NewsWatch Today Article 05/17/18
House Farm Bill Floor Debate Expected to Start Tomorrow NewsWatch Today Article 05/15/18
House Expected to Take Up Farm Bill Next Week NewsWatch Today Article 05/11/18
Farm Credit Administration Approves Investments Regulation NewsWatch Today Article 05/11/18
ICBA, Coalition Urge Opposition to Harmful Farm Bill Amendments NewsWatch Today Article 05/10/18
State Associations Urge Support for Crop Insurance NewsWatch Today Article 05/09/18
ICBA, Coalition Oppose Amendments That Would Harm Crop Insurance NewsWatch Today Article 04/30/18
ICBA Backs Stronger USDA Public-Private Partnerships NewsWatch Today Article 04/20/18
ICBA, ABA Reiterate Key Farm Bill Priorities NewsWatch Today Article 04/18/18
House Ag Committee Chairman Releases Farm Bill NewsWatch Today Article 04/13/18
China Promises Tariffs on 106 U.S. Products NewsWatch Today Article 04/05/18
ICBA Outlines Ag Policies Ahead of Farm Bill Debate NewsWatch Today Article 03/28/18
ICBA White Paper Outlines Farm Policy Recommendations Press Release 03/28/18
ICBA: Celebrate America’s Agriculture Tradition Press Release 03/20/18
Administration’s 2019 Budget Proposes Cuts to Ag Spending NewsWatch Today Article 02/13/18
ICBA Advocates Robust Rural Development Title NewsWatch Today Article 01/17/18
Trump, USDA Release Plans to Boost Rural Prosperity NewsWatch Today Article 01/09/18
ICBA Continues Tax Push with Conferees NewsWatch Today Article 12/08/17
Bills Would Restrict Crop Insurance Subsidies NewsWatch Today Article 11/13/17

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
House of Representatives
05/09/2018
House of Representatives
05/08/2018
House of Representatives
04/27/2018
House Agriculture Committee
04/19/2018
House, Senate Agriculture Committees
04/17/2018
House and Senate Appropriations Committees
02/05/2018
House and Senate Agriculture Committees
01/09/2018
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Conference Committee
12/07/2017
House and Senate Agricultural Appropriations and Agriculture Committee Chairs and Ranking Members
10/05/2017
Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey
07/11/2017
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

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
Federal Housing Finance Agency
07/10/2017
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
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

Testimonies

Title Committee Presenter Date
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Brenda Kluesner
07/25/17
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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