Author Bert Ely

Bert Ely

Bert Ely is a consultant specializing in banking issues. He writes ABA's Farm Credit Watch.

Ag Banking

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

Ag Banking

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

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Usually witnesses, especially those from a federal agency overseen by the committee whose members posed the questions, respond quickly and fully to those questions. It is not smart for an agency to do otherwise. However, the FCA seems to be the exception as 57 days later it still has not answered the questions put to it at the hearing.

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The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The proposed hearing date is Wednesday, Dec. 2. The purpose of the hearing will be to examine the performance of the FCA as the FCS’s regulator.

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