Greetings NACS members! We find ourselves in the all too familiar place of operating under another Continuing Resolution. NACS has partnered with other farm organizations to ensure that members of the House and Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committees are aware of FSA FLP funding needs this fiscal year and beyond.
By the time you receive the next NACS update, the election will be over and we will be preparing for a new Administration. This brings me to an important point. NACS is NOT a political organization. We do not endorse candidates, donate money to parties or individuals, or even promote a PAC. What we DO is tell the NACS story. We educate members of Congress on our efficient FLP funding mechanism, our program successes (and struggles), and the impact Agency programs have in rural America. We believe it to be the best of the best Public - Private Partnerships. Many of our commercial lenders agree.
We never want to assume that these things are common knowledge among the legislative branch. NACS, through our legislative committee and our consultant McAllister & Quinn, has developed important relationships with other farm groups and Congressional staffers. We look forward to hosting our 2nd Ag Lenders Roundtable this coming spring, where we seek to collaborate on priority issues, find common ground legislatively, and further develop the relationships with these farm organizations.
NACS members meet with Congressman Bost, IL, member of the House Ag Committee, during the NACS Day on the Hill in July.
These efforts are not in conflict with our stated purpose to work with FSA management to address concerns and solutions we submit through our resolutions. The 2016-2017 Committees have been appointed and are working to obtain responses to the resolutions adopted at our National Convention. The final report, including National Office comments, will be posted to the website soon.
This past week, the National Rural Lenders Association (NRLA) held their 2nd annual convention. Ben Herink, NACS Legislative Chairperson and non-voting member of the NRLA Board, was unable to attend this year due to the very recent birth of their second child. We all wish the family well! Andy Quinn, partner in McAllister & Quinn, represented NACS at the event and will be providing a full report to the Legislative Committee and your NACS Board. We look forward to attending the next NRLA convention this spring; to be held concurrently with our roundtable meeting.
As we move forward into the new fiscal year, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board with any concerns you have for us to address with the National Office.
John W. Gehrke
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.