Industry Support

Public Policy

Supporting agriculture, commercial fishing, forest products and rural communities

Farm Credit East is involved in a number of public policy issues that impact our ability to serve our customer-owners and carry out our public policy mission.

Our policy role varies on each issue, from grassroots actions and coalition building to issue advocacy. Our activities include:

  • Meetings with national and state legislators
  • Letter-writing campaigns to policymakers
  • Coalition group participation
  • Testimony at hearings
  • Economic analysis reports

How we work

We coordinate information with general farm organizations and cooperatives to support issues, such as:

  • Farm Bill provisions supported by Northeast farm organizations
  • Workable policies to allow agricultural guest workers and immigration reform
  • Budget proposals that strengthen agriculture's competitive position
  • Regulatory reforms to reduce our costs and allow us to serve the emerging needs of our members
  • Support for Farm Credit's role in financing agriculture, farm-related businesses and other rural homeowners and businesses
  • Inclusion of agriculture and Farm Credit in economic development programs at the state level
  • Fair implementation of various regulatory rules

Below are links to recent articles, reports and other resources containing information on current public policy issues.

Farm Credit East Public Policy Update (July 2017): Overview and Priorities

December Knowledge Exchange Partner: Geography of the Congressional Agriculture Committees

Washington Update (Fall 2017): The 2018 Farm Bill

Washington Update (Summer 2017): Mixed Signals - Uncertainty about Agricultural Labor as New Legislation is Introduced