A 100 YEAR FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES INTO THE FUTURE
A 100 YEAR FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES INTO THE FUTURE

History Archive

It has been Farm Credit’s privilege to contribute to the strength of rural America. Documenting that history of helping the nation grow has revealed a variety of archived materials that capture our journey alongside rural communities. The History Archive brings a selection of these together to provide perspective on eight distinctive eras of Farm Credit history.

New Credit, New Service, Better Funding

1919-1928

Despite lean years for rural America, the Federal Land Bank System brought new credit and new services to farmers. A 1921 Supreme Court victory assured Farm Credit’s survival, and 1923 legislation added new banks for intermediate-term credit.

Farm Loan Commissioner to the Berkeley FLB, January 13, 1919

January 13, 1919
Sales of bonds were key to funding Farm Credit, but these financial instruments were hurt...

Charter of NFLA 3822, Clinton County, New York

June 17, 1919
The Treasury Department provided impressive certification of the establishment of an NFLA....

Harris to Lobdell, August 26, 1919

August 26, 1919
As the Federal Land Banks issued loans and conducted appraisals they compiled a record of...

Joyce to Lobdell, October 15, 1919

October 15, 1919
While photos of properties flooded into the FFLB, this letter attached a rare photo of an...

Powell to the Editor, April 27, 1920

April 27, 1920
The Federal Farm Loan System and its for-profit counterpart the Joint Stock Land Bank...

Johnson to NFLA Secretary-Treasurers, March 7, 1921

March 2, 1921
In addition to poor bond sales, Farm Credit was crippled for a time by a constitutional...

Arnold to Lever, May 30 1921, and reply

May 28, 1921
The Federal Farm Loan System was created at the height of the Jim Crow era, and...

St. Paul FICB Charter

March 22, 1923
The Agricultural Credits Act of 1923 added a system of intermediate credit to the Federal...

FFLB Circular No. 5

July 1, 1923
At a time when recent legislation raised new questions about Farm Credit, this “Farm...

Puerto Rico Staff, 1924

November 19, 1924
In addition to establishing intermediate credit, the Agricultural Credits Act of 1923 also...

Houston female FLB employees

January 1, 1925
Although most of the NFLA and all of the FLB officials were men in Farm Credit’s early...