Agriculture articles

Firsthand on the Farm

Top agricultural loan producers By Judith Sears Agriculture has been a bright spot in a struggling national economy for some years now, and some alert community banks are capitalizing on that vibrancy to amass healthy agricultural lending portfolios. Consider, for example, these three community banks: $75 million-asset First National Bank of Hope, Kan.; $49 million-asset

A Healthy Harvest

The ICBA-Farmer Mac program is growing agricultural loan volumes—and new financing options By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Thanks to the introduction of two new long-term, fixed-rate agricultural financing products, a streamlined online application process and greater awareness among community bankers, ICBA member participation in the ICBA-Farmer Mac agricultural secondary market loan program continues to grow quickly.

Simplifying Rural Credit

A streamlined USDA loan program could help community banks meet the credit needs of underserved rural businesses By Mark M. Brodziski The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a number of economic development programs designed to strengthen rural economies and create jobs. One of the USDA’s most effective programs is the Intermediary Relending Program, or IRP.

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