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.

An Independent Path

1953-1967

In 1953, governance and administration of Farm Credit was placed in the hands of the borrower-owners for the first time. The following years were good for America’s farms and for Farm Credit, now regulated by the newly-independent Farm Credit Administration.

“Production Credit Does the Job”

January 1, 1953
Intergenerational change is emphasized in this USDA-produced film in which a retiring...

Tallying the PCAs

January 1, 1953
At a Farm Credit event, the daughter of Hastings, Iowa PCA president Lee R. Wells adds the...

Signing the 1953 Farm Credit Act

August 3, 1953
After more than a decade’s effort to make the Farm Credit Administration an independent...

“Bring ‘em In Alive”

January 1, 1955
One of the central institutions of the cooperative Farm Credit System was the annual...

Farm Credit Messenger, Fall 1955

September 1, 1955
Pages 2 and 3 of this edition of the St. Paul publication provide a good sense of Farm...

Farm Credit Messenger, Spring 1956

May 2, 1956
Change is the dominant theme in this issue of the Farm Credit Messenger from 1956. It...

1917 – 1957: Years of Progress With the Cooperative Land Bank System

January 1, 1957
This booklet, issued in early 1957, marked the 40th anniversary of the creation of the...

Dependable Credit for Modern Agriculture

January 1, 1958
A year after the Land Bank System’s 40th anniversary, the Production Credit System...

“An Historical Summary of the Major Rural Credit Developments in the United States”

January 1, 1958
This concise and authoritative timeline was prepared for an International Credit...

Houston FLB Staff

April 1, 1958
By the late 1950s, Farm Credit had taken on the air of a sense of permanence and power,...

NFLA News, August 1958

August 1, 1958
By the late 1950s an increasing number of Land Banks were offering credit life insurance,...

PCA Gate

January 1, 1960
Farm Credit borrower-owners were the types who could do for themselves—but sometimes...

“Summary of Major Accomplishments in the Cooperative Farm Credit System”

June 1, 1960
While to its borrower-owners Farm Credit was intensely local and rural, its work in...

“Johnny Gets His Loan”

January 1, 1961
By the 1960s, the Production Credit System was elastic enough to fill almost every need of...

In-Service Training School

June 1, 1961
In the postwar years, Farm Credit made invaluable connections with university-based...

The Federal Land Bank System…How it Operates

August 18, 1961
This pamphlet provides an updated summary of Farm Credit for the 1960s. Of particular...

The Link, September 1962

September 1, 1962
This issue of the New Orleans Federal Land Bank publication underscores the variety of...

“Credit Where Credit is Due”

January 1, 1963
In friendly cartoons and compelling film clips featuring actual farmers and coop members,...

Farm Credit Messenger, Spring 1963

April 1, 1963
The article “Agriculture Spurs Nation’s Growth” elaborates on one of the most...

Land Bank Association News, June 1963

June 1, 1963
Articles in the Louisville FLB publication naturally touch on tobacco and horse breeding,...

“An A for the BC Way”

January 1, 1966
In this characteristic drama, earnest high school student and future farmer Chuck Adams...

“Providers Of Plenty”

January 1, 1967
Another in a steady succession of Farm Credit dramas emphasizes the modernization and...

Time Capsule on Float

January 1, 1967
The epicenter of the nationwide 1967 Federal Land Bank anniversary celebration was at the...

“Golden Memories”

January 1, 1967
The Federal Land Bank anniversary brought forth efforts on the national, local and...

“50 Years Ago…”

January 1, 1967
This thin flexible “Hi-Fi Sound Sheet” was produced for Farm Credit during the 50th...

Omaha FCB Officials

January 1, 1967
In 1967, in the midst of good years for agriculture and Farm Credit, officials of the...

50 Years Ago: Meet America's Farmer (Audio)

January 2, 1967
This brief feature was produced for Farm Credit during the 50th anniversary year. ...

50 Years Ago: Food -- A Bargain (Audio)

January 2, 1967
This brief feature was produced for Farm Credit during the 50th anniversary year. ...

50 Years Ago: The Wizard (Audio)

January 2, 1967
This brief feature was produced for Farm Credit during the 50th anniversary year. ...

Credit Line, February 1967

February 1, 1967
This publication of the Farm Credit Banks of St. Louis introduces the regional and...

Anniversary Medal

April 3, 1967
One of the medals authorized by Congress and minted by the Treasury to commemorate the...

Federal Land Bank Association News, January-June 1967

June 1, 1967
This Louisville Federal Land Bank journal gives generous coverage to the 50th anniversary...