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

USDA to begin paying off direct loans to minority farmers

The USDA announced the initial phase of plans to pay off USDA direct loans to socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmers and ranchers. It will subsequently announce its process for paying off guaranteed loans.

Background: Section 1005 of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act relief legislation requires USDA to pay off 120 percent of all direct and guaranteed loans existing as of Jan. 1, 2021.

ICBA Position: ICBA has urged the USDA to implement the required payoff of guaranteed loans in a manner that is least disruptive to the banking sector and secondary market purchasers.