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.

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Ag Economy & Research Materials

Articles & Press Releases

Title Publication Date
Farm Credit cites FASB on troubled debt restructurings NewsWatch Today Article 04/03/20
ICBA to governors: Ag workers are essential NewsWatch Today Article 03/25/20
ICBA: Community Banks Continue to Serve Rural America Press Release 03/24/20
ICBA continues push for agriculture support NewsWatch Today Article 03/20/20
USDA guaranteed loan program tools available NewsWatch Today Article 03/19/20
ICBA backs NEPA exemptions for guaranteed loans NewsWatch Today Article 03/11/20
ICBA Comment Letter on NEPA Letters to Regulators 03/10/20
Letters backing NEPA exemptions due today NewsWatch Today Article 03/10/20
Letters backing NEPA exemptions due Tuesday NewsWatch Today Article 03/06/20
Letters supporting NEPA exemptions due Tuesday NewsWatch Today Article 03/05/20
Support NEPA exemptions for USDA, SBA loans NewsWatch Today Article 03/04/20
Support NEPA exemptions for USDA, SBA loans NewsWatch Today Article 03/03/20
USDA announces assistance for wildfire, excess moisture NewsWatch Today Article 03/02/20
Senators to regulators: don't criticize banks for ag loan concentrations NewsWatch Today Article 02/26/20
USDA seeks comments on information requirements for farm loan programs NewsWatch Today Article 02/24/20
Farmland values strengthen: K.C. Fed NewsWatch Today Article 02/18/20
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

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
116th Congress
03/17/2020
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

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
Governors
03/24/2020
President Donald Trump
03/19/2020
CEQ
03/10/2020
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
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 Small Business Committee
Written Statement
06/09/16
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry
Gus Barker
05/19/16

Summaries

Title Content Type Date