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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Sep 1, 2015 08:14 AM CDT

National Farmers Union sent out a signal of alarm Monday as the group asked USDA officials to plan for increased loan and loan-guarantee applications, while also ensure USDA's Certified Agricultural Mediation Program prepare for a bigger workload as well.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFU cited USDA's August net-farm income forecast, as well as feedback from its own leaders to note "evidence of increasing financial distress for producers." NFU had received reports of farmers having difficulties obtaining operating loans, as well as "spikes in 'Hotline' calls regarding financial stress and concerns of loan repayments following the 2015 ...

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