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.

Full Borrower-Ownership, New Charter

1968-1977

This was an era of optimism and expansion. Farm Credit paid off the last of its government capital in 1968, and technology and exports fueled farm growth through the mid-1970s. The centerpiece was the Farm Credit Act of 1971, which still governs Farm Credit today.

Paying off the Last Government Capital

December 31, 1968
Since the mid-1950s, the PCAs and Banks for Cooperatives had been steadily paying down...

News and Views, 1969

January 1, 1969
Office news abounds in this journal by the Farm Credit Banks of Baltimore. Alongside...

“Credit: A Capital Idea”

January 1, 1971
As part of the broad effort to lay the basis for the transformation of Farm Credit with...

“Some Land of My Own”

January 1, 1971
This drama tells the story of young farming couple Mel and Ann Barber, who lose their...

“The Rock and The Hard Place”

January 1, 1971
Farm Credit was focused on technological change and the increasing scale of farming,...

1971 Farm Credit Act Congressional Correspondence

May 3, 1971
Constituent letters like these provided the momentum that led to the successful passage of...

“Farmers Who Bank on Themselves”

January 1, 1972
In this short film we encounter three different farmers, three different Farm Credit banks...

40th Anniversary Gavel

January 1, 1973
A symbol of governance and authority, this gavel, one of the many commemorative items...

The Farm Credit Leader, Fall 1973

September 1, 1973
Between oil shocks, food shortages and inflation, the nation was experiencing sweeping...

Ideas, Second Quarter 1975

May 1, 1975
In an era of expansion, the Federal Credit Banks of Louisville were proud of their new...

“Generations of the Land”

January 1, 1976
The Federal Land Bank System commemorates the nation’s bicentennial with this survey, by...

The Farm Credit Leader, Fall 1976

September 1, 1976
In a time of great change, continuity was important. Page four of this edition of the Farm...

“Some Call it Luck”

January 1, 1977
This video features the story of two aspiring young farmers, the foresighted Steve B. and...

News Notes, December 1977

December 1, 1977
Although it made the back rather than the front page of this Houston Bank for Cooperatives...