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.

Agriculture News

Jan 28, 2021 | NewsWatch Today Article

USDA announces loan program flexibilities

Jan 19, 2021 | NewsWatch Today Article

USDA finalizes hemp rule

Dec 4, 2020 | NewsWatch Today Article

Scott, Thompson set to take over House Ag Committee

Aug 10, 2020 | NewsWatch Today Article

USDA survey measuring areas for improvement

Aug 7, 2020 | NewsWatch Today Article

Bipartisan bill offers relief to USDA borrowers

Aug 6, 2020 | NewsWatch Today Article

USDA extends deadlines, defers interest accrual


Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
House, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees 12/04/20
USDA 10/08/20
Rep. Andy Barr 10/08/20
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry 07/28/20
Subcommittee on Defense, House Committee on Appropriations 07/08/20

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
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


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