Bankhead–Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937

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The Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long title An Act to create the Farmers’ Home Corporation, to promote secure occupancy of farms and farm homes, to correct the economic instability resulting from some present forms of farm tenancy, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) BJFTA
Enacted by the 75th United States Congress
Effective July 22, 1937
Public law 75-210
Statutes at Large 50 Stat. 522
Titles amended 7 U.S.C.: Agriculture
U.S.C. sections created 7 U.S.C. ch. 33 § 1000
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 7562
  • Passed the House on June 29, 1937 (308-25)
  • Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 22, 1937

The Bankhead–Jones Farm Tenant Act of 1937 (P.L. 75-210) was passed on July 22, 1937[1][not in citation given] and authorized acquisition by the federal government of damaged lands to rehabilitate and use them for various purposes. Most importantly, however, the law authorized a modest credit program to assist tenant farmers to purchase land,[1] and it was the culmination of a long effort to secure legislation for their benefit.[1]

Management of Bankhead-Jones lands[edit]

Both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management manage some Bankhead-Jones lands. Some Forest Service Bankhead-Jones lands are National Grasslands.

First tenant farmer loan repayment[edit]

In February 1943, Roddie and Lucile Pridgett of [Rankin County, Mississippi], "became the first Negro farm family in the United States to repay their 36-year farm purchase loan to the Farm Security Administration which they obtained under the provisions of the Bankhead-Jones Tenant Purchase Act." They repaid their loan of $1,495 in only five years.[2]


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  2. ^ "Thirty-six Year Loan Repaid In Five By Rankin County Negro". The New York Age. February 16, 1943.