Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.
We provide loans, leases and financial services to farmers, ranchers and rural businesses across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. This focus on agriculture and rural America is the reason Farm Credit was established 100 years ago, and we've been delivering on that mission ever since – helping fund America's food, fuel and fiber and supporting rural communities by financing clean water, reliable energy and high-speed communications services.
While we have a national footprint, our lenders are local – nearly 75 independently owned and operated Farm Credit organizations provide services in the communities where they live and work. Each local Farm Credit organization is a cooperative that is owned by its customers, and has a deep understanding of agriculture in their area. This expertise enables them to understand the industry sectors they finance and provide an unparalleled level of knowledge and service to their borrower-owners.
Combined, Farm Credit organizations provide more than $217 billion in loans, leases, and related services, which is more than a 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.