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
Congress Adopts Chapter 12 Expansion NewsWatch Today Article 08/05/19
Agencies Testify on Hemp Rulemaking NewsWatch Today Article 07/26/19
USDA Details Trade Support Package NewsWatch Today Article 07/26/19
Op-Ed: Community Banks Standing Up for Rural America NewsWatch Today Article 07/22/19
Farm Sector Working Capital Critically Low NewsWatch Today Article 06/26/19
Tell Congress to Support Tax Relief for Rural Lending NewsWatch Today Article 06/25/19
ICBA Proposes Alternatives to a Livestock Dealer Trust NewsWatch Today Article 06/25/19
Rural Index Rises, but Farm Woes Continue NewsWatch Today Article 06/24/19
Ag Committee Members Back USDA Cover Crop Plan NewsWatch Today Article 06/21/19
FCS Assets Rise $15B Year-to-Year NewsWatch Today Article 06/14/19
USDA Announces Trade-Related Aid for Farmers NewsWatch Today Article 05/24/19
ICBA Seeks More Accurate Farm Credit Data NewsWatch Today Article 05/23/19
ICBA-Backed Bill Would Raise USDA Loan Limits NewsWatch Today Article 05/17/19
Trade War Assistance Coming Soon: Top Senator NewsWatch Today Article 05/15/19
ICBA Announces 2019 Community Banking Policy Priorities Press Release, News 04/29/19
Community Bankers in Washington This Week Press Release, News 04/29/19
USDA Issues Notice on Importing Hemp Seeds NewsWatch Today Article 04/22/19
ICBA, Farm Groups Urge Congress to Pass Disaster Aid NewsWatch Today Article 04/22/19
USDA Census Shows Fewer Mid-Sized Farms NewsWatch Today Article 04/18/19
USDA Announces Higher Loan Limits Under Farm Bill NewsWatch Today Article 04/15/19

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
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
House and Senate Agricultural Appropriations and Agriculture Committee Chairs and Ranking Members
10/05/2017
Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey
07/11/2017

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
USDA Agriculture Marketing Service
06/24/2019
Farm Credit Administration
05/22/2019
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
USDA
12/11/2015

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

Title Content Type Date