About the Council
The Farm Credit Council is the national trade association representing the institutions of the Farm Credit System before Congress, the Executive Branch, and others.
In 1983, The Farm Credit Council was established by the leadership of the Farm Credit System to ensure that Farm Credit institutions have an advocate for their interests before Congress and the many agencies of the Federal government. The Council was organized as a federated trade association, comprised of district councils that had as their members both associations and the banks within each Farm Credit district. Each district council elected directors to serve as members of the Farm Credit Council board ensuring that the views of all System institutions would be reflected in the policy positions adopted and advocated by the Council.
The Farm Credit Council provides the mechanism for member grassroots involvement in the development of System positions and policies with respect to federal legislation and government actions that impact the System.
Farm Credit by the Numbers
Number of Loans at Dec. 31, 2016
Farm Credit Customers Nationwide
- $253 Billion
Total Loan Volume at Dec. 31, 2016
- $12.2 billion
New Loans to Small Farmers and Ranchers in 2014