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
USDA survey measuring areas for improvement NewsWatch Today Article 08/10/20
Bipartisan bill offers relief to USDA borrowers NewsWatch Today Article 08/07/20
USDA extends deadlines, defers interest accrual NewsWatch Today Article 08/06/20
Lender Livestock Trust Letter 7-28-20 Letters to Congress 07/28/20
House committee passes ag appropriations NewsWatch Today Article 07/13/20
ICBA to Approps panel: Don't expand Farm Credit NewsWatch Today Article 07/09/20
House subcommittee set to pass ag appropriations NewsWatch Today Article 07/07/20
Comment Letter to the FDIC on Rakuten Letters to Regulators 06/25/20
Farm Credit reports little impact from ag disruptions NewsWatch Today Article 06/12/20
Comment Letter to the FDIC on Brokered Deposits Letters to Regulators 06/09/20
ICBA backs bill easing PPP access for ag producers NewsWatch Today Article 06/09/20
Letter of Support for the Paycheck Protection for Producers Act Letters to Congress 06/08/20
ICBA urges additional farm loan program support NewsWatch Today Article 06/05/20
USDA announces food assistance program NewsWatch Today Article 04/20/20
USDA releases COVID-19 tool for rural communities NewsWatch Today Article 04/14/20
ICBA, groups seek additional ag stimulus NewsWatch Today Article 04/13/20
USDA lays out ag producer eligibility for PPP NewsWatch Today Article 04/08/20
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

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
07/28/2020
Subcommittee on Defense, House Committee on Appropriations
07/08/2020
Sen. John Thune and Sen. Tammy Baldwin
06/08/2020
Senate Agriculture Appropriations
06/04/2020
House Agriculture Appropriations
06/04/2020
116th Congress
04/10/2020
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

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
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

Summaries

Title Content Type Date