Farm Credit 100


Celebrating our 100th anniversary, we have stood the test of time and fortified our reputation as a stable, reliable, forward-thinking financial institution dedicated to agriculture, and providing exceptional customer service.

On July 17, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Farm Loan Act, creating the Farm Credit System, a network of lending and service institutions designed to provide dependable credit and other resources to the nation’s farmers, ranchers, cooperatives, and rural communities. The establishment of the Farm Credit System was the culmination of a decades-long struggle for reliable, affordable agricultural credit, something that commercial banks offering high-interest, short-term loans had been unable to provide. The federal government responded by creating a cooperative government-sponsored enterprise tasked with lending to farmers and ranchers throughout the country. The first Farm Credit institutions to be chartered were the Federal Land Banks, which provided long-term real estate loans through locally established offices called National Farm Loan Associations, renamed Federal Land Bank Associations in 1959. Twelve Federal Land Banks were chartered in the spring of 1917, each with its own district. The Federal Land Bank of Berkeley was chartered on April 3rd and it served borrowers in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. This territory was known as the Eleventh Farm Credit District.

Today, Farm Credit Services Southwest serves farmers and ranchers across two states with diversity in commodities, operation size, age, farming experience, cultures, and language preferences. At Farm Credit Services Southwest, we recognize that each customer and operation is unique. We appreciate what each customer brings to the table, and we strive to meet your operation’s financial needs while providing the best customer service around.

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