|Subject:||Deregulation of the Farm Credit System: Implementation of the Philosophy Statement|
|Date of Memorandum:||03/08/2000|
|Expiration Date:|| |
|Signed By:||Reyna, Michael & Jorgensen Ann|
|FCA Contact Person:||McMahon, Eileen|
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March 8, 2000
To: Chairman, Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Each Farm Credit System Institution
From: Michael M. Reyna Ann Jorgensen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Board Member
Subject: Deregulation of the Farm Credit System: Implementation of the Philosophy Statement
The Farm Credit Administration (FCA or Agency) Board, in the first of a series of meetings held annually with Farm Credit System (FCS or System) institutions, announced plans to implement two initiatives embodied in its Philosophy Statement. The desired outcome of these initiatives is to deregulate FCS institutions so that they will remain relevant to the ever-changing credit needs of agriculture and rural America.
The FCA Board approved this philosophy statement in July 1998, after considerable research on System and market changes. The Agency has, in the interim, researched strategies that conform to the Farm Credit Act and maximize opportunities for borrowers in agriculture and rural America.
FCA’s first priority is to remove geographic barriers by granting national charters to FCS direct lender associations:
- National charters offer the potential of lowering the cost of credit and improving service for customers. National charters enable associations to allow for greater diversity and improve risk management.
- FCA will develop a streamlined charter application process that will be easy for associations to use. In order to be fair, FCA expects to coordinate approval of applications that are received by a set date so they become effective at the same time.
- Associations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico will hold stockholder votes to make their own decisions on customer choice.
- Local service areas will be established for each current territory to ensure adequate, constructive and sound credit is available in all locations.
During discussions at the first meeting, the FCA Board noted that good progress is being made on Federal Land Bank Association conversions and all are expected to be completed by October 1. Thus, all associations will have direct lender status by this fall and will be on equal footing.
The second phase of this plan involves cross titles -- Titles I and II -- for direct lender associations:
The FCA Board expects to continue discussions at the remaining Information Exchange meetings, which will be completed in April. The FCA Board also plans to provide further guidance in the near future.
- The FCA Board will consider allowing Production Credit Associations and Federal Land Credit Associations to convert to an Agricultural Credit Association charter without merging with an existing association.
- Cross-title lending allows one-stop shopping for customers seeking long- and short-term credit. It also allows associations to expand their product offerings, diversify their portfolio, and spread operating costs over a larger base.
- FCA will evaluate cross-title applications on an individual basis to ensure that associations have the capacity to implement new authorities in a safe and sound manner.