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  • The Farm Credit System (FCS) has been having some serious trouble with the law.

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk | Waste • 03.08.17

    If the FCA won’t step in, then Congress needs to. Congress – whether it’s the House or Senate Committees on Agriculture of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform or the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs – needs to act before it’s too late.

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  • Did Farm Credit East Commit a Crime?

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk | Waste • 02.06.17

    For now, it looks like Farm Credit East has temporarily evaded justice, and the FCS and the FCA have escaped blame for their negligence. But they’ll soon reap what they’ve sewn.

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  • Reform Farm Credit’s Year in Review!

    Farm Credit Watch • 01.26.17

    Reform Farm Credit (RFC) has been working for two years to bring the accountability that the Farm Credit System (FCS) sorely needs. And the past year has seen some good movement in making sure the FCS is following its mission to provide reliable access to credit for all farmers – especially those who need it […]

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  • Does Farm Credit Walk the Walk?

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk • 01.18.17

    It’s no secret that farmers, especially young, beginning and small farmers, are struggling in this economy. To survive through the tough times, and to thrive during the good times, farmers need reliable access to credit. And the Farm Credit System’s (FCS) greatest defenders always say that the FCS and the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) are here to “ensure a safe, sound, and dependable source of credit and related services for agriculture and rural America.”

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  • It’s our two-year anniversary!

    Farm Credit Watch • 12.23.16

    Although the holidays are in full swing, we hope you will take some time to read through our Reform Farm Credit blog during our two-year anniversary and learn why we keep pushing for reform to the Farm Credit System (FCS).

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  • CoBank Lends to Publicly-Traded REIT

    Neglect | Risk | Waste • 12.19.16

    CoBank just doesn’t seem to get it. Month after month, quarter after quarter and year after year, CoBank extends questionable loans to what it considers “agricultural” entities. Loans to telecommunication companies, CoBank’s customers of choice, are usually defended as necessary for providing broadband access to farmers. And despite the fact that CoBank is only authorized to loan to cooperatives, it loans to large multinational corporations all the same.

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  • Midsize farms are declining – is Farm Credit helping?

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk | Waste • 12.12.16

    The FCS has a duty, outlined in statute, to provide reliable access to credit for small farmers. So far, it hasn’t done its best to provide that access. And when government agencies don’t follow their mission, it’s time for Congress to take them to task.

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  • The FCA’s Revolving Door

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk | Waste • 12.06.16

    Hold onto your seats – the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) is going to reform itself in the next few years! Well, not really.

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  • Reform Farm Credit Wins Out in Elections

    Neglect | Risk | Waste • 11.28.16

    The polls are closed, the ballots are counted and Reform Farm Credit is still hard at work! The 2016 elections were hard fought, but fortunately many advocates for Farm Credit System (FCS) reform came out on top.

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  • USDA picks up CoBank’s slack

    Farm Credit Watch | Neglect | Risk | Waste • 11.07.16

    CoBank, the most prominent institution in the Farm Credit System (FCS), is authorized to make loans to cooperatives that provide essential services for rural areas –electricity and telephone access are the most common. Of course, CoBank has used this to justify its horrible history of lending to huge telecoms that aren’t cooperatives – Verizon, AT&T, Frontier Communications, US Cellular – and it’s only gotten worse.

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