Real Estate Glossary

What is Farmer's Home Administration?

The Farmer's Home Administration (FmHA) is a former U.S. government agency that provided financial assistance to farmers and rural communities. It was created in 1946 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was responsible for providing credit, grants, and other types of assistance to farmers, rural residents, and rural communities. The goal of the FmHA was to help improve the economic and social conditions in rural areas. The FmHA offered a variety of programs to help farmers purchase land, build homes, and improve their farms and communities. Some of these programs provided direct loans to farmers and rural residents, while others provided loan guarantees or grants. The FmHA also provided technical assistance and educational programs to help farmers and rural communities improve their operations and livelihoods. In 1996, the Farmer's Home Administration was dissolved and some of its programs were transferred to the USDA's Rural Development office, which continues to assist farmers, rural residents, and rural communities in the same way.