Changes at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and congressional leadership made 2021 an exciting year in policy development, and the coming year promises even more change.
Author Ed Elfmann
Farmers, ranchers and producers across the country have stood strong during a year of extreme economic disruption and tumult. America needs them to sustain agriculture, and they need all of the support they can get. At this time, in particular, withholding any would be irresponsible. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) introduced the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America (ECORA) Act of 2021 in the House of Representatives, bringing it a step closer to law.
Though the goals for passing of the reintroduced Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act of 2021, commonly known as ECORA, haven’t changed much over the last few years, this Congress may have a better shot at leveling the playing field between farm banks and Farm Credit System lenders, ultimately giving struggling farmers and ranchers greater access to affordable credit options. ABA SVP Ed Elfmann details the importance of ECORA’s passage.
By Ed Elfmann The agricultural banking community lost an industry icon with the passing of…
As a banker working in rural America, you surely know a small town or two that seems to be dwindling away. For many years, the population has been shifting from rural areas to urban and suburban areas. ABA’s Ed Elfmann writes about how this movement is changing the markets for ag and rural banks, and what bankers can do.