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.

Washington Update (Summer 2018): Looking back and Forging Ahead - 40 years in Public Policy

July Today's Harvest Blog: Farm Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress

May Knowledge Exchange Partner: Why are variable interest rates increasing?

Washington Update (Spring 2018):  2018 Shaping up to be a busy year