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.
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Agricultural lending by the nation’s farm banks dipped 1.8% to $98.6 billion in 2020 as demand for agricultural production loans declined slightly, according to the American Bankers Association’s annual Farm Bank Performance Report released today.
U.S. banks extended $174 billion in farm loans in 2020, of which $98.5 billion came from farm banks that specialize in the ag space.
ABA supports bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act. “By making NMTC permanent, our nation’s small businesses, investors and community development professionals will have access to the vital resources needed to improve our nation’s communities while generating long-term economic growth,” ABA said.
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.
The American Bankers Association today expressed support for the Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act, which would end taxation of interest earned from agricultural real estate loans.
Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) yesterday introduced the American Bankers Association-backed Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act. The bill, H.R. 1977, would end the taxation of interest earned from agricultural real estate loans.
In the latest Farm Credit Watch, Bert Ely highlights the notable lack of transparency around Farm Credit Administration board meetings. While government agencies are required to be open and accessible to the public except under certain circumstances, Ely raised concerns that FCA has been requiring attendees to its public virtual meetings to pre-register, which he said “represents a deliberate attempt by the regulatory body to discourage the monitoring of its actions.”
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly yesterday signed into law a bill that will help ensure greater parity at the state level
between banks and the government-sponsored Farm Credit System.
The Senate yesterday confirmed Tom Vilsack to serve as agriculture secretary by a bipartisan vote of 92 to 7. Vilsack previously served in the role during the Obama administration.