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Date Title Publication
09/23/2015 USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadline NewsWatch Today
09/21/2015 Rural Index Dips in September NewsWatch Today
09/17/2015 USDA Offers New Housing Program Update Service NewsWatch Today
09/16/2015 USDA Projects $6.5B in Crop Payments NewsWatch Today
09/14/2015 Vilsack: Farm Bill Programs Face Cuts Unless Congress Acts NewsWatch Today
09/09/2015 Deadline Approaching for Farm Bill Safety Net Programs NewsWatch Today
09/09/2015 USDA Updates Guaranteed Loan Handbook NewsWatch Today
08/27/2015 USDA Expects Lower Farm Sector Profitability in 2015 NewsWatch Today
08/24/2015 Farmer Mac Road Shows Start in September NewsWatch Today
08/21/2015 USDA Seeking Applications for Biomass Program NewsWatch Today
08/21/2015 Rural Index Declines to Growth-Neutral in August NewsWatch Today
08/17/2015 Reserve Banks Reporting Weakness in Farmland Values NewsWatch Today
08/13/2015 USDA Offers Guaranteed Loan Program Funding Update NewsWatch Today
08/07/2015 USDA Changing Guaranteed Underwriting System Process NewsWatch Today
07/24/2015 Farm Credit Lenders Financing Major Alcohol Beverage Firm NewsWatch Today
07/20/2015 Rural Index Improves in July NewsWatch Today
07/15/2015 ICBA Urges Support for Ag Programs Ahead of Markup NewsWatch Today
07/15/2015 Farm Credit System Net Income Tops $4.7B in 2014 NewsWatch Today
07/14/2015 USDA: Conservation Certification Tops 98 Percent NewsWatch Today
07/13/2015 Letter Concerning Agricultural and Rural Issues Related to the Appropriations Process for Fiscal Year 2016 Letter to Congress
06/04/2015 Industry Letter on Conservation Compliance Letter to Regulators
05/14/2015 Support for Two Amendments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Reauthorization Legislation Letter to Congress
05/14/2015 Tax Subsidies For Credit Unions and the Farm Credit System Letter to Congress
04/20/2015 Comment Letter on Mergers, Consolidations and Charter Amendments of Banks or Associations Letter to Regulators
03/03/2015 Farm and Rural Safety Net Policy Resolution
03/03/2015 Tax Advantaged Farm Credit System GSE Priority Policy Resolution
02/23/2015 Industry Letter Opposing Additional Cuts to Ag Programs Industry Letter to Congress
02/04/2015 Industry Letter Opposing President Obama's Budget Proposal to Cut Crop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
12/22/2014 ICBA Letter to FCA on Regulatory Capital Letter to Regulators
12/17/2014 ICBA Letter to FCA on Pensions Letter to Regulators
12/08/2014 ICBA Comment Letter on Entity Eligibility Letter to Regulator
11/18/2014 Follow Up Letter on FCA Memorandum Titled “Guidance for Investment Requests under § 615.5140(e) of Farm Credit AdministrationRegulations” Letter to Regulators
10/31/2014 FCA Letter in Response to 10/20/14 ICBA Letter FCA Letter to ICBA
10/23/2014 FCA Proposal to Amend Current Regulations Governing Investments Held by Farm Credit Banks and Associations Letter to Regulators
10/20/2014 FCA Memorandum Titled “Guidance for Investment Requests under § 615.5140(e) of Farm Credit AdministrationRegulations” Letter to Regulators
07/31/2014 USDA Announces Supplemental Insurance Program for New Farm Bill NewsWatch Today
07/03/2014 ICBA: Study Shows Community Banks Play Key Role in Ag Lending NewsWatch Today
07/03/2014 Farm Bill, Crop Insurance Hearing Next Week NewsWatch Today
07/02/2014 ICBA: Study Finds Commercial Banks Meeting Needs of Ag Borrowers News Release
06/25/2014 Credit Availability in Rural America Testimony
06/25/2014 ICBA: Credit Availability in Rural America Plentiful News Release
06/09/2014 Industry Letter Opposing Amendments to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that Would Harm the Farm Bill or Crop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
04/30/2014 Support of ‘Say on Pay' for FCS Institutions Letter to Regulators
04/14/2014 Community Banks Keep Rural America Growing News Release
03/12/2014 Support for the CFPB Rural Designation Petition and Correction Act (H.R. 2672) Letter to Congress
03/05/2014 Connect America Fund Industry Letter to Regulators
02/19/2014 Introducing the HELP Rural Communities Act of 2014 (S. 1916) Letter to Congress
02/04/2014 Senate Passes ICBA-Advocated Farm Bill News Release
02/03/2014 ICBA Pleased Senate on Verge of Passing New Farm Bill News Release
01/29/2014 ICBA Pleased House Passes New Farm Bill News Release
01/28/2014 ICBA Urges Congress to Adopt New Farm Bill News Release
01/15/2014 ICBA Letter to FCA on Meeting Letter to Regulators
11/14/2013 ICBA Statement on FCA Decision to Withdraw Proposed Rule On Farm Credit System Non-Farm Investment Program News Release
11/05/2013 rop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
10/22/2013 ICBA Asks Farm Credit System Regulator to Explain CoBank Loan to Verizon News Release
10/22/2013 Eligibility for Rarmers and Ranchers Participating in FSA Guaranteed Farm Loans Industry Leter to Congress
10/21/2013 CoBank Loan to Verizon Letter to Regulators
07/24/2013 Tax Subsidies for the Farm Credit System Letter to Congress
07/11/2013 ICBA Statement on House Farm Bill Vote News Release
07/02/2013 Farm Bill Industry Letter to Congress
06/20/2013 ICBA Urges Renewed Efforts on House Farm Bill News Release
06/19/2013 Industry Letter in Support of Crop Insurance and Opposition to the Kind Amendment ( Industry Letter to Congress
06/11/2013 ICBA Thanks Senate for Passing a New Farm Bill NewsWatch Today
06/11/2013 Industry Letter Supporting Crop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
06/04/2013 Test Test
06/03/2013 Maximum Interest Rates on Guaranteed Loans Letter to Regulators
05/14/2013 ICBA Thanks Senate Agriculture Committee for Passing a New Farm Bill News Release
05/08/2013 Joint Letter Opposing the Expansion of the Farm Credit System (FCS) Letter to Congress
05/01/2013 Industry Letter Supporting Federal Crop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
04/22/2013 FCS Senior Officer and Executive Compensation Letter to Regulators
03/12/2013 Crop Insurance Protection Letter to Congress
11/13/2012 Passage of the Farm Bill Industry Letter to Congress
11/12/2012 FCA's Proposed Regulation on Unincorporated Business Entities (UBEs) Letter to Regulators
08/14/2012 The Rationale for Removing Term Limits on USDA Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans White Paper
07/24/2012 USDA Microloans Letter to Regulators
07/11/2012 Industry Letter Supporting the Boswell Amendment to Eliminate Term Limits on USDA Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans Industry Letter to Congress
06/19/2012 Industry Letter Opposing Proposed Amendment Prohibitng USDA Guaranteed Loans Letter to Congress
06/14/2012 ICBA to Senate: Maintain Programs That Strengthen the Ag Economy News Release
06/14/2012 Industry Letter Supporting Crop Insurance Protection Industry Letter to Congress
05/24/2012 Federal Crop Insurance Program Industry Letter to Congress
05/10/2012 Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Credit Programs Testimony
04/20/2012 USDA Crop Insurance Industry Letter to Congress
04/19/2012 USDA Guaranteed Loan Programs Letter to Congress
03/14/2012 Joint Letter Supporting Crop Insurance Joint Letter to Congress
02/16/2012 User Fees under the USDA’s Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program Letter to Congress
01/23/2012 Rural Business Investment Program Letter to Regulators
11/30/2011 MF Global Bankruptcy Industry Letter to Congress
11/02/2011 2012 Farm Bill Letter to Congress
10/25/2011 FCS Lending in FHA Mortgage Insurance Programs Letter to Regulators
10/19/2011 Industry Letter on Agriculture Appropriations Bill Letter to Congress
10/03/2011 Broadband Services in Rural America Industry Letter to Regulators
09/26/2011 Guaranteed Loan Fees Letter to Regulators
06/30/2011 Ag Advisory Committee Meeting Discussion on Derivatives Letter to Regulators
06/14/2011 Deficit Reduction Package's Impact on Rural America Industry Letter to Congress
05/26/2011 Support for the Rural Access to Credit Act of 2011 (S. 805) Letter to Congress
05/12/2011 Follow Up to FCA Proposal to Allow FCS Lenders to Purchase Loans of Failed Banks from the FDIC Letter to Regulators
04/14/2011 A Review of Credit Conditions in Rural America Testimony
02/22/2011 End-User Exemption to Mandatory Clearing of Swaps Letter to Regulators
11/17/2010 FSA Guaranteed Farm Loan Programs Letter to Congress
11/17/2010 Industry Letter on FSA Guaranteed Farm Loan Programs Industry Letter to Congress
10/18/2010 FDIC Loan Purchases Letter to Regulators
07/19/2010 Loan Purchases from FDIC Letter to Regulators
06/15/2010 Biorefinery Assistance Guaranteed Loans Letter to Regulators
04/19/2010 FSA Guaranteed Farm Loans Industry Letter to Congress
04/16/2010 Estate Taxes Industry Letter
03/16/2010 Farm Safety Net Industry Letter to Congress
03/01/2010 Business and Industry Loan Program Letter to Regulators
07/08/2009 The Effects of the Economic Crisis on Community Banks and Credit Unions in Rural Communities Testimony
06/11/2009 Credit Conditions in Rural America Testimony
06/04/2009 Industry Letter on FY2010 Agriculture Appropriations and 2008 Farm Law Industry Letter to the Hill
04/29/2009 Oppose Farm Loan Restructuring Amendment Letter to the Hill
02/17/2009 Rural Development Guaranteed Loans Letter to Regulators
12/01/2008 Maximum Interest Rates on Guaranteed Farm Loans Letter to Regulators
08/15/2008 Rural Community Investments Proposed Rule Letter to Regulators
07/10/2008 Chairman Frank, House Financial Services Members, Oppose FCS Expansion Proposal Letter to the Hill
05/14/2008 ICBA Statement on House on Passage of a New Farm Bill News Release
05/13/2008 Joint Letter on the 2008 Farm Bill Letter to the Hill
02/09/2008 Open Letter to the Farm Bill Community Letter from Reps. Peterson & Goodlatte
02/08/2008 The Coming Farm Credit Threat In 2008 IWR
09/07/2007 FCS Seeks Expansion in Senate Farm Bill IWR
07/13/2007 Time to Call Congress In Opposition to Expanding FCS Powers IWR
03/27/2007 The Availability of Credit in Rural America Testimony
12/15/2006 ICBA: Extend Comment Period on FCS Expansion Proposal IWR
11/17/2006 FCA Rule Expands FCS CoBank Eligible Borrowers IWR
11/03/2006 USDA Expands Farm Revenue Crop Insurance Program IWR
10/20/2006 FCS Seeks Dramatic Expansion of Eligibility IWR
09/29/2006 USDA Theme Papers: Exeutive Summaries
08/11/2006 USDA Releases Renewable Energy Analysis Paper WWR
07/28/2006 FSA Loan Fees Comment Period Reopened Briefly WWR
07/14/2006 FCA Withdraws Farmers’ Notes Proposal WWR
07/14/2006 FCA to Issue Final Rule on Termination Procedures WWR
06/30/2006 Send Comment Letters to Block New Fees on Farm Loans WWR
06/23/2006 FASB to Issue Guidance on Split-Dollar Insurance WWR
06/23/2006 House Panel Examines Crop Insurance Fraud WWR
06/16/2006 ICBA Testifies Against USDA Farm Loan Fee Proposal WWR
06/13/2006 Review of USDA Loan Programs Testimony
06/02/2006 Senate Ag Farm Bill Hearings WWR
06/02/2006 FCS's HORIZONS Project: The 'Not-Farm' Credit System WWR
06/02/2006 Energy in Agriculture Conference WWR
06/02/2006 Rural Housing Bill Moving WWR
06/02/2006 House “Dear Colleague” Letter on Disaster Aid WWR
05/19/2006 ICBA Opposes USDA Proposed Rule on User Fees WWR
05/05/2006 Senate Passes Emergency Spending Bill WWR
04/07/2006 Johanns Releases Farm Bill Summaries WWR
03/17/2006 ICBA Says FCA Termination Proposal Needs Major Rewrite WWR
03/03/2006 USDA Forecasts Sharp Drop in 2006 Farm Income WWR
02/10/2006 More on FCS’s Horizon Project and Recommendations WWR
02/10/2006 President’s 2007 Budget Proposes Sharp Cuts in Farm Spending WWR
02/10/2006 House Ag Committee Holds First Farm Bill Hearings WWR
02/10/2006 More on USDA’s FY 2007 Budget Proposals WWR
01/06/2006 Ag Cuts In Budget Reduction Package WWR
11/04/2005 USDA Proposes $800 Million for Hurricane Farm Disaster Assistance WWR
11/04/2005 Congressional Agriculture Committees Endorse Budget Cuts WWR
11/04/2005 FCA Plans Expanded Lending for Farm Credit System WWR
11/04/2005 USDA Reports Farm Operators Household Incomes Continues To Rise WWR
11/04/2005 Rabobank Buys Agriculturally Oriented Community Bank WWR
10/28/2005 ICBA Urges Congress to Oppose FCA Power Grab WWR
10/07/2005 ICBA, Bankers Secure Important FSA Loan Program Changes WWR
10/07/2005 Senate Ag Committee Cancels Markup of Farm Program Budget Cuts WWR
10/07/2005 House Ag Members Review State of U.S. Farm Economy WWR
10/07/2005 Farm Credit System Antics WWR
10/07/2005 2006 Farm Program Sign-Up Underway WWR
10/07/2005 Senate to Hold Hearing on Proposed Closure of FSA County Offices WWR
09/30/2005 Symposium Explores Acceptance of Ag, Small Business Collateral by FHL Banks WWR
09/30/2005 Johanns Announces CRP Contract Re-Enrollments, Extensions WWR
08/05/2005 FSA Begins Monthly Reporting of Guaranteed Loans to Commercial Credit Bureaus WWR
08/05/2005 Congress Adjourns After Passing Major Bills WWR
08/05/2005 Johanns Announces New USDA Farm Bill Forums WWR
08/05/2005 USDA Offers Producers Conservation Options WWR
08/05/2005 RMA Publishes Rule on Premium Reduction Plans for Crop Insurance WWR
07/15/2005 Johanns Announces Next Farm Bill Forum Venues WWR
07/15/2005 FCA 2004 Annual Report: FCS Reports Record Net Income WWR
07/15/2005 Farm Programs to Cost More Amid Declining Budget Forecast WWR
05/20/2005 Farm Bill & Tobacco Payments Sign Up WWR
05/19/2005 Johanns Reminds Producers to Sign Up for Farm Bill & Tobacco Payments
02/25/2005 2005 Farm Income Projected at Second Highest Level WWR
02/03/2005 Fiscal 2006 Ag Budget Ag Coalition Letter
01/07/2005 Johanns Confirmation Hearing for Ag Post Scheduled in Senate Ag Committee WWR
12/31/2004 Chambliss to Chair a Revised Senate Ag Committee WWR
11/24/2004 Proposed Changes to the Farmer Notes Program Letter to Regulators
09/29/2004 FCS Role in Agriculture Lending Testimony
08/20/2004 Agstar Makes Counteroffer for FCSAmerica WWR
08/06/2004 Rabobank and FCSAmerica Agree to Sale WWR
06/18/2004 FCA Issues Proposed Rule on FCS Preferred Stock Offerings WWR
06/02/2004 Hearing on Farmer Mac Testimony
06/01/2004 Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)Access Restricted Background Information
05/21/2004 FDIC Reports on Rural Depopulation's Impact on Community Banks WWR
05/14/2004 Congress Also Weighs In Against Crop Insurance Cuts WWR
05/14/2004 ICBA, Farm Groups, Urge No Cuts to Crop Insurance WWR
04/02/2004 Invigorating Rural Communities WWR
04/02/2004 House Ag Leadership Urges FCA to Rethink FCS Syndication Restrictions WWR
02/27/2004 FCA Issues Final Notice on Loan Syndications WWR
12/12/2003 Banker Comments Needed on Farm Credit Proposals WWR
10/31/2003 ICBA Asks FCA to Drop FCS Non-Farm Lending Idea WWR
10/29/2003 Scope & Eligibility of Proposed Rule Making (Non-Farm Lending) Letter to Regulators
10/16/2003 ICBA Urges More Equity Capital to Assist Rural Co-ops and Opposes CoBank Legislative Proposal News Release
10/03/2003 ND Complains About FCS Taking Deposits WWR
09/19/2003 WTO Trade Talks Break Down WWR
07/11/2003 FCS Proposes Dramatic Expansion into Non-Farm Lending WWR
06/06/2003 ICBA Urges Congress to Protect Farm Bill Funding WWR
05/16/2003 Canada Agrees to Stop Subsidized Dairy Exports WWR
05/16/2003 U.S. & Other Countries File WTO Case Against EU on GMO Crops WWR
05/16/2003 Western, Wichita Farm Credit Banks to Merge WWR
05/09/2003 Farm Credit System Seeking New Powers WWR
03/28/2003 Disaster Aid Excerpts from Q&A Session with ReportersAccess Restricted USDA Transcript
03/21/2003 Farmland Values Continue to Post Gains, Farm Interest Rates Decline WWR
03/21/2003 Demand for Farm Credit Increases, But Supply Remains Adequate WWR
03/07/2003 FCA Performance Report Shows FCS Gaining Market Share & Size WWR
02/26/2003 FCA Board Establishes OmbudsmanAccess Restricted
02/13/2003 Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000Access Restricted Section-By-Section Summary
01/31/2003 USDA Announces $1.4 Billion Broadband Program for Rural Areas WWR
01/10/2003 Banks Play Significant Role in Rural Economic Development WWR
01/10/2003 USDA Delays Renegotiation of Crop Insurance Agreements WWR
12/23/2002 Young, Beginning and Small (YBS) Farmers and Ranchers Program Letter to Regulators
12/13/2002 U.S. and Chile Sign Historic Trade Pact WWR
12/11/2002 Standard Reinsurance AgreementAccess Restricted Letter to Secretary Veneman
11/13/2002 ICBA Statement on FCS Young, Beginning, Small ProgramAccess Restricted
11/08/2002 ICBA Raises Concerns Over Proposed Crop Insurance Changes WWR
10/18/2002 FCS Mergers Continue WWR
09/20/2002 ICBA Comments on Farm Credit's Regulatory Agenda WWR
09/15/2002 FCA Regulatory Development Program Letter to Regulators
08/23/2002 Veneman Announces Over $700 Million for Rural Economic Development Projects WWR
08/09/2002 President Signs Trade Act of 2002 WWR
08/09/2002 U.S. Outlines World Trade Proposal WWR
08/02/2002 New Trade Bill, Big Win for BushAccess Restricted Ag Brief
07/12/2002 ICBA Joins Farm Groups Urging No Changes to Farm Bill WWR
05/17/2002 President Signs Farm Bill, USDA Pledges Quick Implementation WWR
03/01/2002 Farm Credit System Advantages Fueling Increased Profits WWR
03/01/2002 ICBA Advises Conferees on Farm Bill WWR
02/27/2002 ICBA Recommendations on the Farm Bill, Farm Credit & Rural Development Titles
02/27/2002 ICBA Letter to Farm Bill Conferees
10/11/2001 ICBA Helps Win Withdrawal of FCA National Charters News Release
08/17/2001 ICBA Bankers Suggest OFI Enhancements WWR
08/02/2001 Rural Development in the New Farm Bill Testimony
07/20/2001 ICBA Urges Rural Value-Added Agricultural Initiatives WWR
06/22/2001 ICBA Urges Farm Policy Agenda for Rural America WWR
06/18/2001 ICBA, Ag Groups Write President on Trade Issues Letter to President
04/10/2001 ICBA Urges Support of Greater Internet Access in Rural AmericaAccess Restricted Ag Brief
2004 Agricultural Disaster Aid - Bill Language
User Fees under the USDA’s Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program 2/16/12
As Expected, FCA Termination Proposal Would Prevent FCS Termination
Detailed Farm Bill Information Web Site Link
1996 & 2002 Farm Bills Compared
Industry Letter Urging Passage of New Farm Bill
Strengthening the Farm Safety NetAccess Restricted ICBA Proposal to Congress
2004 Agricultural Disaster Aid - Summary
Ag Resource Center WWW Links

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