As it marks its centennial, North Dakota’s public bank does its work through private-sector partnerships.
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The American Bankers Association today urged lawmakers not to vote for a bill that would significantly raise the current debt limit for Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings.
In a comment letter sent today, ABA warned the House Judiciary Committee of the unintended consequences of raising the current debt limit for Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings from approximately $4.3 million to $10 million.
A proposed change to Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code could have adverse effects for the nation’s agricultural producers, the American Bankers Association said in a statement for the record in a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing held today.
As bankers know all too well, farmers and ranchers are suffering from a sustained period of low commodity prices, rising input costs, heavy rains and flooding, and more recently, trade issues that are harming agricultural exports. Not surprising, those factors have hurt farm income, which peaked in 2013. As in past cycles, sustained declines in farm income lead to increased cash-flow problems for farmers and ranchers, which in turn lead to rising credit-quality problems for ag lenders. Even though the FCS focuses on lending to financially stronger farmers, a key question is how well the FCS is acknowledging growing credit-quality problems in its loan portfolio and/or shedding weaker credits by calling loans and not renewing lines of credit.
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Farm banks remain in a strong position despite a recent uptick in farm loan delinquencies.
The American Bankers Association wrote to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today expressing support for his bill, S. 1641, which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income interest received on certain loans secured by agricultural real property.
A recent Farm Credit System loan for $2 million to finance a new Exxon gas station and convenience store in Sheridan, Wy., is almost certainly another example of an FCS lending abuse. This gas station is located at an Interstate highway interchange in a city with a population of about 18,000. While some farmers and ranchers may patronize the gas station and store, they are more likely gas up at a nearby farm co-op store.