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
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
Bowman: Fed Recognizes Value of Ag Loan Workouts NewsWatch Today Article 03/28/19
ICBA Backs Tax Relief for Rural Lending NewsWatch Today Article 03/27/19
ICBA Supports Bill Offering Tax Relief for Rural Lending Press Release, News 03/27/19
Fed’s Bowman Optimistic About Rural America NewsWatch Today Article 03/26/19
Retroactive Dairy Program Enrollment Starts Today NewsWatch Today Article 03/25/19
Budget Proposal Includes Ag Cuts NewsWatch Today Article 03/12/19
USDA Answers Guaranteed Loan Questions NewsWatch Today Article 03/06/19
ICBA Seeks USDA Tools for Farm Bill Implementation NewsWatch Today Article 03/05/19
ICBA Launches Community Focus 2020 Agenda Press Release 03/04/19
USDA’s Perdue Testifies on Farm Bill Progress NewsWatch Today Article 02/27/19
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

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
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
Senators Cochran and Leahy and Representatives Frelinghuysen and Lowey
06/14/2017
Sens. Cochran and Leahy and Reps. Frelinghuysen and Lowey
05/01/2017

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
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
Farm Credit Administration
06/24/2015

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

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