Although a recent study by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency concluded that Midwest farm banks have improved their underwriting policies, the comptroller is urging agricultural lenders to beef them up further.

"We found that banks continue to reasonably underwrite and administer agricultural loans," Comptroller of the Currency Eugene A. Ludwig said in a recent statement. "We are thus assured that banks are better prepared to deal with adverse economic conditions than they were in the 1980s."

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