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
FCS Regulator Issues 2019 Oversight Plan NewsWatch Today Article 10/04/18
Farm Bill Deal Unlikely Ahead of Sunday Deadline NewsWatch Today Article 09/27/18
Rural Index Remains Above Growth-Neutral NewsWatch Today Article 09/21/18
Farm Bill Conferees Hold First Public Meeting NewsWatch Today Article 09/06/18
USDA Forecasts Lower Net Farm Income NewsWatch Today Article 09/05/18
USDA Details Trade Payments Alongside Mexico Deal NewsWatch Today Article 08/28/18
Farm Bill Conference Schedules Public Meeting NewsWatch Today Article 08/23/18
ICBA Urges Conferees to Reconcile Farm Bill Differences NewsWatch Today Article 08/14/18
FCS Loans to Small Farmers Continue Declines NewsWatch Today Article 08/13/18
Senate Set to Join House in Farm Bill Conference NewsWatch Today Article 08/02/18
ICBA Urges Support for USDA Farm Loans NewsWatch Today Article 07/31/18
USDA Funds Assistance for Trade Retaliation NewsWatch Today Article 07/25/18
ICBA Applauds Senate for Passing Farm Bill Press Release 06/28/18
ICBA Opposes Crop Insurance Cuts Ahead of Senate Debate NewsWatch Today Article 06/25/18
ICBA Applauds House Passage of Farm Bill Press Release 06/21/18
ICBA Urges Opposition to Harmful Crop Insurance Amendments NewsWatch Today Article 06/18/18
ICBA Applauds Committee Passage of Senate Farm Bill NewsWatch Today Article 06/13/18
ICBA Weighs in on Farm Bill Ahead of Senate Markup NewsWatch Today Article 06/13/18
ICBA Applauds Senate Ag Committee Passage of Farm Bill Press Release 06/13/18
Senate Farm Bill Set for Markup NewsWatch Today Article 06/08/18

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
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
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

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

Summaries

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