Supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.
The Farm Credit Council is the national trade association representing the institutions of the Farm Credit System before Congress, the Executive Branch and others.
Farm Credit’s mission is to support rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.
To fulfill that mission, Farm Credit reverses the usual flow of capital, raising funds in the world’s capital markets and putting them to work in rural America. This steady flow of capital creates jobs and drives economic growth. Farm Credit helps ensure the vibrancy of communities throughout rural America
As customer-owned cooperatives, each of our 71 independent financial institutions has a board of directors chosen by the customers it supports. This ensures a customer-first approach that helps U.S. agricultural producers feed the world, strengthens the rural economy and provides jobs that help rural families thrive.
We serve every part of agriculture from the smallest operations to the largest – and everything in between. Whether helping a young farm family begin, supporting our veterans as they return home and take up farming or financing U.S. agricultural exports around the globe, Farm Credit is committed to the success of American agriculture.
Our loans and related financial services support farmers and ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives and other agribusinesses, rural homebuyers and companies exporting U.S. ag products around the world.
We live in the rural communities we serve and understand that vibrant rural communities need strong, modern infrastructure. Farm Credit loans help finance the rural infrastructure providers that provide reliable power, modern telecommunications, clean water and other vital community services.
For more than 100 years, Farm Credit has fulfilled its mission – through good times and bad. We remain committed to that mission, and to evolving to meet the needs of our customers for the next 100 years.
Farm Credit is a nationwide network of 71 customer-owned financial institutions. Across all 50 states and Puerto Rico, we provide loans and related financial services to U.S. farmers and ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives and other agribusinesses, rural homebuyers and rural infrastructure providers. Learn more about our cooperative structure, our unique funding model and see a list of our institutions.
From our start in 1916, Farm Credit has been serving rural communities and agriculture for more than 100 years. This rich history has helped us build an extraordinary depth of understanding of rural credit needs. Learn more by exploring an interactive timeline and digging into our archives.