Farm Security Administration
(FSA)
   Established by Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace in 1937, the FSA was to supervise the work of the Resettlement Administration and programs established under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenancy Act. The FSA provided funds for rural rehabilitation loans, grants to those affected by natural disasters, and loans to establish farm cooperatives. Between 1937 and 1947 the administration made loans of $293 million to 47,104 farmers. It also established almost 100 camps for migratory workers and medical cooperatives for the rural poor. In 1946, the Farmers Home Administration took over the FSA programs and began to terminate loans and other obligations. An important aspect of the FSA’s work was to continue collecting the photographic material for the Historical Section directed by Roy Stryker. Some 77,000 photographs were made available to the press or used in exhibitions to publicize the plight of the rural poor.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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