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FDIC Agriculture Banking Conference

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The FDIC and the Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City
jointly sponsor the Agriculture Banking Conference on June 13, 2019 in Kansas City

Event Overview

Agricultural lending is important because nearly one out of every four community banks is considered a farm bank by the FDIC. These institutions are the primary source of banking services in many U.S. communities, including rural areas and small towns across the nation. The continued ability for farm banks to manage amid changing industry conditions is one of the keys to a strong banking sector.

Following a period of prosperity in the agriculture industry, farm banks and other agriculture lenders are now facing a more challenging lending environment. These lenders are managing both short- and long-term risks related to a variety of factors, such as asset quality, liquidity, and demographic shifts.

The FDIC Agriculture Banking Conference will facilitate a discussion of agricultural lending trends and risks with a diverse group of stakeholders, including regulators, bankers, policymakers, academics, and industry participants. It will also inform the FDIC’s research and risk analysis publications. We invite you to join us and participate in the conversation.


The Agenda for the conference features a keynote speech from FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams and two panel discussions that will explore the themes of short-term risks and long-term challenges to agriculture lenders.


Registration is free; however, space is limited and we can accommodate only two registrants per organization. To register, please use the Conference Registration link.

Reporters wishing to attend should contact the FDIC's Office of Communications at

Featured Speaker

Jelena MCWilliams

Jelena McWilliams Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Biographies for All Speakers and Presenters

Who Should Attend?

  • Representatives from banks and other entities that lend to agricultural borrowers,
  • Representatives from bank trade associations,
  • Community leaders from rural areas,
  • Academic experts and thought leaders from the agriculture industry, and
  • Representatives from federal and state financial regulatory agencies.


If you have questions related to the conference, please submit your inquiry via email to

Conference Organizers

Diane Ellis, FDIC
Shayna Olesiuk, FDIC
Rich Cofer, FDIC
Bob Petersen, The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Erica Venancio, The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City

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