Farm Credit System
Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. That's our mission. We serve every part of agriculture from the smallest operations to the largest - and everything in between.
Our Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) status and cooperative structure help us fulfill that critical mission assigned by Congress more than 100 years ago.
Here's how it works:
**Associations serve as local lenders for the Farm Credit System.
***The System Banks are:
In addition, the System as a whole is maintained, supported, and regulated by:
- The Farm Credit Administration (FCA): The FCA is the independent regulator and examiner for the System's various institutions, responsible for maintaining their safety and soundness.
- The Farm Credit Council: The Council is the System's trade association, representing our members' interests before Congress and the executive branch.
- The Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation: a government-controlled entity established by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, the Corporation protects investors by ensuring the timely payment of principal and interest on insured notes, bonds, and other obligations issued on behalf of System Banks, to the extent that funds are available.