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
Senate Ag Leader: Consider Expected Dairy Payments as Collateral NewsWatch Today Article 02/11/19
House Ag Panel Names Subcommittee Rosters NewsWatch Today Article 02/07/19
USDA Extends Farm Service Agency Deadlines NewsWatch Today Article 02/04/19
USDA Housing Service Digging Out NewsWatch Today Article 02/01/19
Dairy, Livestock Programs Resume After Shutdown NewsWatch Today Article 01/30/19
Operating Loan Growth Boosts Farm Lending: KC Fed NewsWatch Today Article 01/25/19
House Ag Panel Finalizes Membership NewsWatch Today Article 01/24/19
USDA to Reopen FSA Offices This Week NewsWatch Today Article 01/23/19
New Infographic Touts Farm Bill Gains NewsWatch Today Article 01/18/19
USDA Temporarily Reopening FSA Offices NewsWatch Today Article 01/17/19
Ag Bankers Expect Farm Service Bottleneck NewsWatch Today Article 01/15/19
USDA Activities Limited by Funding Lapse NewsWatch Today Article 01/14/19
Trade Payment Deadline Extended Due to Shutdown NewsWatch Today Article 01/09/19
Trump Signs Farm Bill into Law NewsWatch Today Article 12/21/18
USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Payments NewsWatch Today Article 12/19/18
ICBA Applauds House Passage of Farm Bill Press Release 12/12/18
ICBA Applauds Senate Passage of Farm Bill Press Release 12/11/18
Congress Closing in on Farm Bill Deal NewsWatch Today Article 11/30/18
Bipartisan Farm Bill Offer on the Table NewsWatch Today Article 11/19/18
ICBA Backs Streamlined USDA Programs NewsWatch Today Article 10/23/18

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
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
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

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
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
USDA
12/11/2015
Farm Credit Administration
06/24/2015
Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration
04/20/2015

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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