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 grassroots on rural lending tax relief

Following the recent Senate introduction of legislation to provide rural lending tax relief, ICBA is calling on community bankers to urge their lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to co-sponsor the measure.

Grassroots: Community bankers can use ICBA’s Be Heard grassroots action center to urge support for the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America (ECORA) Act (H.R. 1977/S. 2202).

Details: The ECORA Act would exempt from taxation interest income on ag real estate loans and loans for rural housing in towns with a population of 2,500 or less.

Impact: The bill would allow banks to offer lower interest rates to their farm and rural home mortgage borrowers, helping sustain and revive rural economies affected by the pandemic. Contact Congress now.