Rural Electrification Association (REA)
Part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” this granted electricity to nearly every farm in the United States. It provided federal funding at low interest rates to cooperatives, power districts, and other public programs. From this, new agricultural advances ensued.
This article by Brian Q. Cannon from the Western Historical Quarterly gives a brief history of rural electrification and how New Deal agencies empowered westerners.
An article that explains how farmer’s got their electricity through extension services, as well as, the different improvements needed to get this up and running.
Agricultural Heritage Museum – Power to the People
Opening Fall 2019
Arthur Rothstein, "An REA cooperative lineman at work," (1942). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:REA_lineman.jpg