Bankers have flooded the Farm Credit Administration with letters complaining about a proposal they say would unfairly expand the role of government-backed agricultural lenders.

Of the roughly 1,300 comment letters sent to the agency, nearly 800 were written by bankers and bank trade groups vehemently opposing the plan. Rural bankers have long labeled the system an unfair competitor, but this so-called "scope and eligibility" rule proposal has sparked a firestorm.

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