Birthplace of Farm Credit - Larned, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member linkys
N 38° 09.846 W 099° 06.951
14S E 489851 N 4224029
Quick Description: Located in front of a farm a few miles southwest of Larned on US-56.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2012 10:15:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMEQQA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:

Birthplace of Farm Credit

This 280 acres was collateral for the nation's first Federal Land Bank loan made on April 10, 1917 to farmer-stockman A. L. Stockwell. In those days, farmers and ranchers found credit hard to come by. If available, it was often very expensive . . . as much as 10 percent per month.

Recognizing the importance of agriculture to our nation's economy, Congress passed the Federal Farm Loan Act which was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. The Federal Land Bank, which makes long-term real estate loans to farmers and ranchers, was the first of the three lending institutions which comprise today's cooperative Farm Credit System.

Wichita was granted the first of 12 Federal Land Bank charters nationwide and charged with developing lending programs in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. In turn, it issued the first local association charter to the Pawnee County National Farm Loan Association of Larned.

Originally started with seed money appropriated by Congress, the Farm Credit System has long since repaid all government funds. Today, it is entirely owned by the farmers and ranchers it serves.
Marker Name: Birthplace of Farm Credit

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
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Marker Location: Pawnee

Official Marker Number: 108

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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