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.

Production for War and Peace

1942-1952

In the early 1940s Farm Credit sought to increase production for the troops abroad and avert a land boom at home. Later in the decade, National Farm Land Associations returned to solvency, the Federal Land Banks paid back all federal capital and the Production Credit System experienced unprecedented growth.

Black, “Financing Food For Freedom”

January 1, 1942
America’s entry into World War II brought new priorities for Farm Credit. In this...

Soldier of the Soil

January 1, 1942
In a design reminiscent of Archibald Willard’s famous “Spirit of ‘76” painting,...

Farm Credit News, November 1942

November 1, 1942
By the fall of 1942, the war had hit rural America hard. The Farm Credit News featured...

Financing Farmers’ Cooperative Associations, 1933-1943

January 1, 1943
Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Banks for Cooperatives, this publication...

Farm Credit News, Spring 1945

April 1, 1945
By the last year of the war, U.S. agriculture was prospering and Farm Credit was finally...

The Northeaster, Fall 1947

September 1, 1947
After the reorganization and restoration of the NFLAs in the early 1940s, the next step...

Tree Scale

January 1, 1948
Underscoring that timber growers could benefit from Farm Credit’s financing, the...

The Northeaster, Spring 1948

April 1, 1948
As the rural northeast, like the nation, entered into years of postwar peace and...

Production Credit News, January 1950

January 1, 1950
When the Federal Land Banks paid off their government capital in 1947, the other parts of...

Farmers Production Credit Association of Canton

January 1, 1951
The photographic record indicates that as PCAs steadily paid off their federal capital...

A Brief History of the Federal Land Bank of Houston

January 1, 1951
By the 1950s, Farm Credit was beginning to have its “old-timers.” As a member of the...

Illini PCA Complete Member Ownership Certificate

December 31, 1951
When the Illini PCA paid off its federal capital at the end of 1951, it was generously...

Farm Credit Messenger, Winter 1952

December 1, 1952
There was ample evidence that commitment to Farm Credit was becoming an intergenerational...