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Farm Credit Administration.


Notice of intent; request for comment.


The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, our, or we) is issuing a notice of regulatory review and request for comment. The FCA will review its regulations to consider whether existing regulations are inefficient or burdensome. The FCA is seeking public comment on the appropriateness of the requirements it imposes on the Farm Credit System (System). We ask for comments on our regulations that may duplicate other requirements, are ineffective, or impose burdens that are greater than the benefits received. We are taking this action to improve the regulatory framework within which System institutions operate.


Please send your comments to the FCA by August 22, 2008.


We offer a variety of methods for you to submit your comments. For accuracy and efficiency reasons, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by e-mail or through the FCA's Web site or the Federal eRulemaking Web site. As faxes are difficult for us to process and achieve compliance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, please consider another means to submit your comment if possible. Regardless of the method you use, please do not submit your comment multiple times via different methods. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • E-mail: Send us an e-mail at
  • FCA Web Site: Select “Public Commenters,” then “Public Comments,” and follow the directions for “Submitting a Comment.”
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Gary K. Van Meter, Deputy Director, Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration, 1501 Farm Credit Drive, McLean, VA 22102-5090.
  • Fax: (703) 883-4477. Posting and processing of faxes may be delayed. Please consider another means to comment, if possible.

You may review copies of comments we receive at our office in McLean, Virginia, or from our Web site at Once you are in the Web site, select “Public Commenters,” then “Public Comments,” and follow the directions for “Reading Submitted Public Comments.” We will show your comments as submitted, but for technical reasons we may omit items such as logos and special characters. Identifying information that you provide, such as phone numbers and addresses, will be publicly available. However, we will attempt to remove e-mail addresses to help reduce Internet spam.

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Jacqui Melvin, Policy Analyst, Office of Regulatory Policy, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA 22102-5090, (703) 883-4268, TTY (703) 883-4434, or Mary Alice Donner, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Farm Credit Administration, McLean, VA 22102-5090, (703) 883-4020, TTY (703) 883-4020.

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I. Objective

The objective of this notice is to continue our comprehensive review of regulations governing the System and to eliminate, consistent with law, safety, and soundness, all regulations that are unnecessary, unduly burdensome or costly, or not based on the law. We are requesting public comment to identify FCA regulations that:

  • May duplicate other requirements;
  • Are ineffective; or
  • Impose burdens that are greater than the benefits received.

To accomplish our objective, we are targeting particular regulations for a more focused and in-depth review.

II. Background

The FCA is the independent Federal agency in the executive branch of the Government responsible for examining and regulating System institutions. As a Government-sponsored enterprise, the System primarily provides loans to farmers, ranchers, aquatic producers and harvesters, agricultural cooperatives, and rural utilities.

III. Regulations Under Review

The regulations of FCA that are subject to regulatory review described in this notice are codified in title 12, chapter VI, of the Code of Federal Regulations. In our previous notices, we asked the public to comment on all of our regulations, and we were able to accomplish our objective of reducing regulatory burden. In this notice, we would like the public to comment specifically on these targeted regulations:

(1) Part 607—Assessment and Apportionment of Administrative Expenses;

(2) Part 614—Loan Policies and Operations;

(3) Part 616—Leasing;

(4) Part 617—Borrower Rights;

(5) Part 618—General Provisions; and

(6) Part 626—Nondiscrimination in Lending.

IV. Requesting Comments

Your comments are appreciated and will assist us in our continuing efforts to identify and reduce regulatory burden on System institutions. We will also continue our efforts to maintain and adopt regulations and policies that are necessary to implement the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended, and ensure the safety and soundness of the System. These actions will enable the System to better serve America's farmers, ranchers, aquatic producers and harvesters, agricultural cooperatives, and rural utilities in changing agricultural credit markets.

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Dated: June 17, 2008.

Roland E. Smith,

Secretary, Farm Credit Administration Board.

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[FR Doc. E8-14101 Filed 6-20-08; 8:45 am]