AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AMERICA

Letters and Testimonies

Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Committee on Agriculture 06/14/21
U.S. House of Representatives 03/25/21
Senate Agriculture Committee 02/26/21
House Rules Committee 02/25/21
House, Senate Budget Committees 02/24/21
House, Senate Appropriations Committees 02/24/21
02/22/21
House, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees 12/04/20
Rep. Andy Barr 10/08/20
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry 07/28/20

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
Farm Credit Administration 07/20/21
USDA 04/09/21
OMB 03/18/21
USDA, OMB 02/24/21
USDA 10/08/20
Governors 03/24/20
President Donald Trump 03/19/20
CEQ 03/10/20
U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program 01/29/20
FDIC, Fed, OCC 12/16/19

Testimony

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

Ag News

Letter of Support for the Paycheck Protection for Producers Act

The Honorable John Thune
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

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Dear Senators Thune and Baldwin:

On behalf of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) which represents the nation’s community banks with over 52,000 locations nationwide, I write to express our support for the “Paycheck Protection for Producers Act.”

Specifically, this legislation would modify the calculation of the maximum loan amount for certain farmers and ranchers under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program by allowing producers, including those designated as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or eligible self-employed individuals, who utilize a schedule F tax return, to qualify for the PPP program by utilizing their 2019 gross income in lieu of their 2019 net income.

These changes are necessary due to many farmers and ranchers not being able to show positive income on their Schedule F tax returns due to low prices in the agriculture sector, the seasonal nature of agriculture and producers’ variances in the timing of their marketing activities.

ICBA supports your legislation and we appreciate the potentially broader application of eligibility for farmers and ranchers, many of whom are struggling during the current economic difficulties facing farmers and ranchers.

Sincerely,

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Rebeca Romero Rainey
President and CEO/
Independent Community Bankers of America