Ag Banking

Agencies Issue 2015 CRA Small-Biz, Small-Farm Loan Data

The federal banking agencies today issued aggregate data on 2015 small-business, small-farm and community development loans that institutions reported under the Community Reinvestment Act. The data, which commercial banks and savings institutions with about $1.2 billion or more in assets are required to report and others can report voluntarily, show that such institutions made about 6.1 million small-business loans, totaling ...

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Kansas City Fed Article Shows How Tax Policy Favors FCS

By Bert Ely A recent article in the Economic Review published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City inadvertently showed how the FCS’s very favorable tax treatment has distorted agricultural lending competition between banks and the FCS.  The article, titled “Competition in Local Agricultural Lending Market: The Effect of the Farm Credit System,” included three very interesting charts.  The ...

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FCS Pushes Back Against Leonard Wolfe’s House Ag Testimony

By Bert Ely As FCW reported last month, Kansas banker Leonard Wolfe testified on ABA’s behalf at the May 19 oversight hearing the Senate Agriculture Committee held on the FCS and its regulator, the Farm Credit Administration. After he testified, Leonard wrote an opinion article for Agri-Pulse, titled: “It’s time to reform the Farm Credit System,” summarizing his testimony. Todd ...

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Nichols Calls for Annual Oversight Hearings for FCS

ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols today wrote to Senate Agriculture Committee leadership urging lawmakers to hold annual oversight hearings of the Farm Credit Administration -- the primary federal regulator of the government-sponsored Farm Credit System.

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Banker Op-Ed Calls for Farm Credit System Reform

In an op-ed in Agri-Pulse today, Leonard Wolfe -- president and CEO of United Bank and Trust in Marysville, Kan., and chairman of ABA’s Agricultural Credit Task Force -- called on Congress and regulators to step up efforts to oversee the Farm Credit System to ensure that the government sponsored enterprise stays within the scope of its intended mission.

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Trade Groups Urge Congress to Fund FSA in Appropriations Bill

ABA, together with several financial and agricultural trade groups, today wrote to Congress urging lawmakers to include additional funding for the Farm Service Agency’s direct operating loan and guaranteed operating loan programs in the 2017 agriculture appropriations spending bill.

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