The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee has called on the Farm Credit Administration to defend its controversial proposal to let Farm Credit System lenders make loans outside their designated service areas.

In an Oct. 25 letter to Farm Credit Administration Chairman Michael A. Reyna, Rep. Larry Combest, R-Tex., posed seven pointed questions about the agency's so-called national charter plan. The plan already has drawn the ire of Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, who is chairman of the House Banking Committee, and commercial bankers across the country.

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