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.

The Great Depression

1929-1941

In the midst of a Great Depression that was even greater for agriculture, Farm Credit was bolstered and expanded, and went on to help save countless American farms. Along the way, the renamed Farm Credit System gained short-term lending authority and became a part of the Department of Agriculture.

Amarillo Texas officials

January 1, 1932
Although Farm Credit was more closely controlled by Washington in the 1930s, local and...

Handbook for Officers and Directors of National Farm Loan Associations

June 30, 1932
By the early 1930s the Great Depression had taken a toll on the NFLAs, ensuring that...

Federal Farm Board Press Release, April 12, 1933

April 11, 1933
As part of FDR’s “100 Days” initiative, all of the government’s agricultural...

“Three Steps to Production Credit”

October 1, 1933
In the 1930s, the largely unused short and intermediate credit system was revitalized with...

Correspondence with Mrs. L.G. Maltoon, 1933-1934

December 21, 1933
During the deepest days of the Depression, rural people across America shared their...

FCA and Berkeley leaders

January 1, 1934
Farm Credit underwent difficult years in the 1930s, accounting perhaps for the stern faces...

FCA Springfield District Headquarters

January 1, 1934
Whether new construction or a venerable ivy-covered edifice like this building in...

“What Our PCA has Meant to Me”

January 1, 1934
At an annual stockholders’ meeting, Rifle, Colorado farmer Lucius C. Currier gave such...

Yerby Land, Usta, South Dakota

January 1, 1934
Yerby Land, left, was a founder and director of the Belle Fourche-Lemmon PCA which served...

“Loans by Production Credit Associations”

January 1, 1935
By 1935, the old days of drab circulars were gone—the Farm Credit Administration was...

“Report Relative to Irrigation in the Vicinity of Grand Junction, Mesa County Colorado” Excerpt

July 1, 1935
In parts of the United States, the availability of water was just as critical as the...

Colorado Appraisal Investigation

October 25, 1935
This December 1935 appraisal of the farm of Herbert T. Boor demonstrates the thoroughness...

Financing Western Farmers, December 1935

December 1, 1935
By the mid-1930s, every district had a well-produced journal or newspaper for its members....

1936 Annual Shareholders Meeting, Bryan, Texas

January 1, 1936
Farm Credit always placed much importance on the percentage of membership that turned out...

St. Louis Farm Credit Administration Record, January-February, 1936

January 16, 1936
This St. Louis journal kicks off with a feature on the second annual meeting of the...

The Land to Have and to Hold

January 1, 1937
Produced for Farm Credit by the Department of the Interior, this film recounts the history...

Location of Production Credit Associations

January 1, 1937
By 1937, the Production Credit System had grown to include some 550 Production Credit...

Farm Credits, November 1937

January 1, 1937
Every district paid close attention its own characteristic crops. This edition of the...

Office of the Farm Loan Registrar, 10th District

February 16, 1937
These nattily dressed employees of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) processed Houston...

Winston-Salem PCA Stock Certificate

March 18, 1937
Receipt of a document like this “Class A” PCA stock certificate meant something...

Farm Credit News, September 1937

September 1, 1937
The headlines were nearly all good in this edition of the Farm Credit News. Although a...

Farm Credit News, January 1938

January 1, 1938
This edition of the Farm Credit News begins with the annual emphasis on meetings and...

Myers to Roosevelt, September 16, 1938

September 16, 1938
In the fall of 1938 FCA Governor Myers decided to return to academia. In his resignation...

Myers Retires

September 16, 1938
Farm Credit Governor William I. Myers (right) after announcing his resignation. At left is...

Radiodisc Electrical Transcription

January 1, 1939
This unusual exhibit from the CoBank Roseville collection demonstrates that in getting the...

Farm Credit News, July 1940

July 1, 1940
The Omaha District christened the July 1940 version of its publication “the Farm...

Farm Credit Bulletin, December 1940

December 1, 1940
In addition to some of the usual features, this publication of the Louisville District...

Farm Credit News, April 1941

April 1, 1941
In addition to wheat prices, “a farm woman’s contribution to community life,” and...

Two Billionth PCA Loan

July 3, 1941
In the summer of 1941, Martin Paulson, a farmer from Jasper County, Iowa, was one of many...