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Farm Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Membership Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 7, 2010 – Farm Bureau’s national membership rose to 6,279,813 member families in 2010, marking 50 consecutive years of membership growth. State Farm Bureaus overall reported a total 2,149 more member families this year than in 2009.

American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman credited strong agricultural advocacy programs at the local, state and national levels and the growing portfolio of services offered by state Farm Bureaus for the organization’s 50th straight year of membership growth.

Kentucky Farm Bureau had the single largest gain of 16,964 members, bringing its membership to 500,316.

Other states organizations with significant growth included Texas, which grew by 15,414 members to 454,674; North Carolina, which grew by 11,637 members to 520,063; Tennessee, which gained 8,887 members to reach 655,127; and Illinois which grew by 4,124 members to 426,043. Tennessee Farm Bureau is the largest in the nation.

Delaware Farm Bureau had the single largest percentage membership gain, growing 19.9 percent to 5,396 member families. Rounding out the top five by percentage of growth were Montana (9.3 percent), Utah (9.1 percent), West Virginia (8.7 percent) and Pennsylvania (7.7 percent). The Northeast region had the largest percentage of growth, 4 percent.

Nineteen state Farm Bureaus earned Navigator Awards for meeting or exceeding membership growth goals: Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.

Thirty-six state Farm Bureaus achieved 2010 membership quota: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

2010 Final Farm Bureau Membership

Alabama

425,903

Alaska

348

Arizona

21,060

Arkansas

219,719

California

76,511

Colorado

22,387

Connecticut

5,172

Delaware

5,396

Florida

143,663

Georgia

383,812

Hawaii

1,598

Idaho

64,668

Illinois

426,043

Indiana

275,139

Iowa

154,422

Kansas

117,213

Kentucky

500,316

Louisiana

148,402

Maine

2,120

Maryland

34,894

Massachusetts

5,420

Michigan

193,061

Minnesota

27,431

Mississippi

204,963

Missouri

102,340

Montana

15,300

Nebraska

53,047

Nevada

20,316

New Hampshire

 3,624

New Jersey

12,053

New Mexico

15,352

New York

28,432

North Carolina

 520,063

North Dakota

26,928

Ohio

214,331

Oklahoma

163,182

Oregon

58,958

Pennsylvania

50,284

Puerto Rico

690

Rhode Island

2,126

South Carolina

112,150

South Dakota

11,301

Tennessee

655,127

Texas

454,674

Utah

29,799

Vermont

3,334

Virginia

149,901

Washington

40,077

West Virginia

23,073

Wisconsin

42,734

Wyoming

10,956

TOTAL

6,279,813

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Contacts: Tracy Taylor Grondine
(202) 406-3642
tracyg@fb.org
Cyndie Sirekis
(202) 406-3649
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