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.


Ag Economy & Research Materials

Articles & Press Releases

Title Publication Date
White House budget proposes ag cuts NewsWatch Today Article 02/11/20
ICBA Comment Letter: USDA's Hemp Interim Final Rule Letters to Regulators 01/29/20
FDIC issues advisory on agricultural lending NewsWatch Today Article 01/29/20
Senate approves Canada-Mexico trade deal NewsWatch Today Article 01/17/20
Farm Credit proposes financial statement update NewsWatch Today Article 01/08/20
ICBA Testifies on Supporting Ag Credit NewsWatch Today Article 12/12/19
ICBA to Congress: Level Farm Credit Playing Field Member Access Article 11/20/19
ICBA Opposes Farm Credit Plan to Undermine Farmer Mac NewsWatch Today Article 11/19/19
ICBA Opposes Farm Credit ‘Investment’ Ploy NewsWatch Today Article 11/15/19
USDA Posts Hemp Production Webinar Member Access Article 11/06/19
House Ag Panel Advances CFTC Reauthorization NewsWatch Today Article 11/01/19
USDA Establishes Hemp Production Program NewsWatch Today Article 10/29/19
FCA Issues Oversight Plan for Fiscal 2020 NewsWatch Today Article 10/25/19
Final Hemp Regulations Expected Soon NewsWatch Today Article 10/25/19
Enrollment Open for Key USDA Farm Bill Programs NewsWatch Today Article 10/15/19
Tell Congress: Help Community Banks Serve Military, Rural Communities NewsWatch Today Article 09/27/19
Trade Deal Cuts Japanese Tariffs on U.S. Farm Goods NewsWatch Today Article 09/26/19
Farm Credit Proposes Investment Change NewsWatch Today Article 09/19/19
USDA Resources for Farmers Hit by Disasters NewsWatch Today Article 09/09/19
USDA Details Calculations of Trade Damages NewsWatch Today Article 08/26/19

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Sec. Sonny Perdue and Acting Director Russell Vought
12/16/2019
House, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees
11/14/2019
Rep. Steve Watkins
06/19/2019
Sen. Pat Roberts
06/19/2019
White House, Congressional Leaders
04/19/2019
House, Senate Budget Committee
02/19/2019
U.S. House
12/12/2018
U.S. House
12/12/2018
House, Senate Agriculture Committees
08/13/2018
House, Senate Agriculture Committees
07/23/2018
Senate
06/22/2018
Senate Agriculture Committee
06/12/2018
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

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program
01/29/2020
FDIC, Fed, OCC
12/16/2019
Farm Credit Administration
11/18/2019
USDA Agriculture Marketing Service
06/24/2019
Farm Credit Administration
05/22/2019
USDA
03/13/2019
USDA
03/04/2019
USDA
02/19/2019
SBA
12/17/2018
USDA
10/22/2018
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

Testimonies

Title Committee Presenter Date
House Agriculture Committee
Steven J. Handke
12/11/19
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit
Written Statement
11/19/19
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

Summaries

Title Content Type Date