Tag Archives: Farm Credit System

Farm Credit Watch: FCS Reduces Lending to Smaller Borrowers Even as It Grows

Despite the Farm Credit System’s supposed emphasis on lending to young, beginning and small farmers and ranchers, data in the FCS’s annual information statement for 2017 documents the declining importance of small borrowers to the FCS over the last several years. Although total FCS lending from year-end 2015 to year-end 2017 increased $22.9 billion, or 9.7 percent, the total amount ...

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Farm Credit Watch Marks 20th Anniversary

By Bert Ely Several readers noted that last month’s Farm Credit Watch, issue #240, marked the 20th anniversary of the monthly publication of the FCW, which triggered a look-back at the FCW’s accomplishments over the last 20 years, and there have been a few. Perhaps the most significant has been educating bankers and other readers about what the FCS — ...

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Farm Credit Watch: Congress Modifies Tax Bill Provision Benefiting Ag Co-ops

By Bert Ely As last month’s Farm Credit Watch reported, the major tax bill Congress enacted at the end of last year added a new section 199A to the Internal Revenue Code, one portion of which would greatly benefit agricultural cooperatives at the expense of investor-owned grain companies of all sizes — not only Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland but ...

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Farm Credit Watch: FCS’s $10B Treasury Line of Credit Extended Another Year

By Bert Ely The FCS’s $10 billion line-of-credit with the Treasury Department’s Federal Financing Bank, or FFB, was recently renewed for another year, to expire on Sept. 30, 2018. This line-of-credit was first created in September 2013 and has been renewed annually since then. No public notice was given announcing this renewal — its extension for another year could only ...

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Farm Credit Watch: FCS’ Deposit-taking More Extensive Than Previously Reported

In the July Farm Credit Watch, I wrote that the Farm Credit System effectively accepts deposits, through the cash management services some FCS associations offer to their member/borrowers. As the article described, many associations in two of the four FCS districts — those funded by CoBank and AgriBank — accept deposits on behalf of the bank that funds them. That ...

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