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Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.

Our mission is to help these areas grow and thrive by financing vital infrastructure and communications services, and providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful. Because a steady flow of credit means more jobs and economic growth, Farm Credit helps ensure the vibrancy of communities throughout rural America – an especially important task given the current downturn in the farm economy.

Farm Credit is a nationwide network of 77 customer-owned lending institutions that all share a critical mission. These independent, cooperatively-owned institutions lend to farmers, ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives and other agribusinesses, rural homebuyers and infrastructure providers throughout rural America.

The loans we make support our mission. Whether helping a young farm family begin its operation, 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.

And Farm Credit fulfills its mission without federal funding. We raise money from Wall Street and put it to work on farms, ranches and in rural communities.

Combined, Farm Credit organizations provide more than $235 billion in loans, leases, and related services, which is more than one-third of the credit needed by U.S. agriculture. This capital helps nearly 500,000 borrower-owners plant and nurture seeds, purchase and care for livestock, buy land and equipment like harvesters and combines, build barns and milking parlors, and expand storage, packing and processing facilities. Our capital also finances agricultural cooperatives, communications, electric, power and water providers deliver essential infrastructure services to America's rural communities.

Rural communities and agriculture are at the heart of what we do. And a constant supply of credit to our customer-owners helps make agriculture one of the driving engines for the U.S. economy and enables our nation’s agricultural producers to feed a hungry world.

Every day Farm Credit is focused solely on its customers and our mission remains as important today as it was when we made our first loan more than 100 years ago. Farm Credit is committed to its customer-owners in good times and bad and we will honor that commitment today and tomorrow.

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