Ag lending

Industry group urges reopening of SBA, citing impact of shutdown


The shutdown is keeping the agency from approving about 300 loans per day, according to CBA President Richard Hunt.


Agriculture Department reopens briefly to assist farmers hurt by shutdown


Farm Services Agency staff will have three days to work on existing loan applications and provide tax documents for existing loans.


Expanding the Farm Credit System won’t help rural America


A recent proposal to allow the government-sponsored enterprise to offer more credit in agricultural regions is deeply flawed.


Shutdown has farmers and their lenders sweating


The impasse has halted grant and loan applications and frozen many farm subsidies just weeks ahead of planting season.


Banks, credit unions help federal workers weather shutdown


Financial institutions of all sizes are offering low- or zero-rate loans, waiving fees and making other arrangements to aid federal workers — a practice that regulators officially blessed on Friday, the 21st day of the closing of many U.S. agencies.


Rural America needs an expanded Farm Credit System


The banking industry has long been critical of the government-sponsored enterprise, but the system could provide valuable banking services to large swaths of the country currently lacking access to them.


Hemp legalization could be boon for banks


Banks were reluctant to offer services to an industry that had a hazy legal status. That’s about to change.


Community Banks with the Largest Farm Loan Portfolios


On Sept. 30, 2018. Dollars in thousands.


Lawmakers join opposition to SBA poultry lending plan


Dozens of House members and four senators agree with arguments by farmers and lenders that a proposed change to the 7(a) program would disqualify worthy borrowers.


A growing risk for ag lenders


Can farmers — and the banks that lend to them — survive Trump's trade war?