Washington, D.C.– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) took to the House floor to recognize and celebrate the Centennial of the Farm Credit System – a critical network of institutions for North Country and American agriculture. Congresswoman Stefanik recently met with Rocky Giroux of Plattsburgh, Laurie Griffen of Schuylerville, and Andy Gilbert of Potsdam who were representing the Farm Credit System. Yankee Farm Credit has a branch in Chazy and Farm Credit East has branches in Greenwich, Watertown, and Potsdam. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or for video, click here.

Thank you Mr. Speaker

I rise today to celebrate the centennial of the Farm Credit System.

100 years ago the Farm Credit System began its mission to provide American agriculture with a steady hand and dependability, which they needed to provide for our nation.

Throughout its history the Farm Credit System has helped our farmers through the Great Depression, the agriculture crisis of the 1980’s, and even the market collapse of 2008.

This deep rooted understanding of our nation’s complex agribusiness industry -- and the people that work tirelessly to send products to market -- is what makes the Farm Credit System so critical to our producers and their future success. 

And this dedication, to my district in Upstate New York and to American agriculture across this great nation, is why I am proud to stand on the House Floor today and honor the Farm Credit System on its centennial.

Thank you, and I yield back.