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

ICBA urges funding for rural development programs

ICBA and other groups called on House appropriators to ensure adequate funding for key USDA rural development programs in the next COVID bill.

Background: The USDA’s Business and Industry guaranteed loan program is expected to exhaust current funding in the coming months and face a projected $1 billion shortfall in loan authority this fiscal year, though the pending COVID package doesn't address the shortfall.

ICBA Position: Policymakers should address the B&I program shortfall, renew the B&I CARES Act program, and extend the CARES Act's six months of payments for those with existing SBA loans to USDA Rural Development guaranteed loans.