It started in 1919, with a small group of farmers
Farmers from 30 states gathered in Chicago and founded the American Farm Bureau Federation. Their goal – speaking for themselves through their own national organization. Farm Bureau soon became the voice of agriculture at the national level.
Farm Bureau members unite to speak out on issues of concern for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, rural Americans and consumers who care about maintaining our nation’s food security.
Today, the voice of agriculture
Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.
AFBF is the unified national voice of agriculture, working through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.
Policy is changing constantly, and it has a direct impact on farmers and ranchers.
Having a voice – a seat at the table and an impact on policy – is critical. Beginning at the grassroots level and involving Farm Bureau members’ advocacy efforts across the country, all of agriculture speaks with one voice through the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Farm Bureau members attended the inaugural Advocacy Conference, an event to bring select grasstops members to Washington to advocate for our policy priorities.
Farm Bureau members visited Washington, D.C. in 2015, for issue briefings, advocacy training and meetings with members of Congress.
The reach of AFBF advocacy efforts in the media via outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico and The New York Times.
The number of daily impressions on social media where Farm Bureau is an influential agricultural presence.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture works to build awareness, understanding and a positive perception of agriculture through education.
To that end, the Foundation created several new educational resources in 2015 that are free to educators and volunteers.
Game plays for “My American Farm”, an educational gaming platform supported in partnership with Dupont Pioneer.
Mini-grants for state and county Farm Bureaus to support agriculture literacy efforts.
Teachers reached through ag-literacy education efforts.
Placements of the 2016 Book of the Year – “The Apple Orchard Riddle.”
From its beginnings nearly a century ago, Farm Bureau has existed to give members the tools they need to succeed.
That can mean financial expertise, communication skills, advocacy opportunities, training and opportunities to network with and learn from fellow farmers and ranchers. It all adds up to helping America’s farmers and ranchers stay strong and prosperous.
Total training hours in 2015 – topics include leadership, communication, advocacy, time management, facilitation, public speaking, strategic planning, and program development.
Rural entrepreneurs completed the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Attendees to the 2015 Fusion (Farmers United: Skills, Inspiration, Outreach and Networking) Conference for volunteer leaders.
New rural businesses fostered in 2015 through the Rural Development Program.
The Benefits of Belonging
For nearly a century Farm Bureau members have joined together from coast to coast and become the Voice of Agriculture. Farm Bureau continues to evolve to serve the needs of members and their families on and off the farm or ranch. The Farm Bureau legacy includes leadership within local communities, advocacy on rural issues, public service and outreach, agriculture literacy and environmental initiatives that protect the environment and preserve its productive beauty for the next generation to utilize and enjoy. Joining Farm Bureau provides your family with exclusive discounts on national brands, PLUS valued member benefits.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has been the national, unified voice of the nation’s farmers and ranchers since 1919.
Founded in 1919 in Chicago, the American Farm Bureau is a federation of state Farm Bureaus with nearly 6 million member families. Farm Bureau members can be found in almost every county and rural community in the nation. The purpose of Farm Bureau has been the same from the start—farm and ranch families unite to solve their problems and formulate action for economic opportunity, educational improvement and social advancement. Farm Bureau is proud to be the Voice of Agriculture® for farmers and ranchers, other rural Americans and consumers.