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AFBF Membership Exceeds 6.2 Million - All-Time High

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2007 – Farm Bureau membership across the country has surpassed the 6 million mark for the second consecutive year – 6,233,597 member families. The milestone was passed as state Farm Bureaus reported 33,259 additional members registered for Farm Bureau membership in 2007.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said Farm Bureau’s growth was fueled by recognition of the organization’s strong record as an advocate of policy positions developed by its members at the local, state and national levels. The strength of Farm Bureau’s many outstanding programs and services designed to boost members’ families, businesses and standards of living is another key reason for continued growth.

“Last year Farm Bureau achieved a terrific milestone in its history by registering more than 6 million members for the first time, and this year we achieved even more by sustaining and building on that growth,” Stallman said. “Prolonged dry weather and other challenging conditions made this a tough year for many of America’s farm and ranch families, but our membership strength will bolster Farm Bureau as we work with our members and for our members to surface new ideas and solutions in the year ahead.”

The membership gain of nearly 33,000 member families is due primarily to the growth of several state Farm Bureaus in the South. Other highlights of the latest membership report are below:

The Tennessee Farm Bureau continues to claim the title of the country’s largest state Farm Bureau, with 629,027 member families. Joining Tennessee in the 2007 “top 10” Farm Bureau membership states are: North Carolina, 492,755; Kentucky, 462,494; Georgia, 437,734; Alabama, 433,700; Illinois, 419,934; Texas, 404,735; Indiana, 283,483; Ohio, 230,968; and Mississippi, 227,741.

Following the “top 10” states in total membership for 2007 were nine other states with more than 100,000 members, including: Arkansas, 227,383; Michigan, 199,053; Oklahoma, 167,888; Iowa, 153,685; Louisiana, 147,860; Virginia, 146,934; Florida, 143,591; South Carolina, 130,569; and Kansas, 110,069.

Kentucky Farm Bureau, the third-largest state Farm Bureau, achieved the largest gain in members in 2007—9,371 member families. Tennessee’s membership increase of 9,076 is the second-largest growth. Texas Farm Bureau posted the third-largest gain—8,881 member families. Georgia’s registering of 8,024 new member families is the fourth-largest gain, and North Carolina posted the fifth-largest gain with 5,141 new member families.

Following the top five states in membership gains are West Virginia with 2,540 new members, Alabama and Illinois with 2,316 new members each, and Pennsylvania with 2,189 new members.

The state with the largest percentage gain in membership is West Virginia with a 16.63 percent gain. Second is Delaware with an 11.58 percent gain, and third is Nevada with a 9.07 percent gain.

A total of 30 states achieved membership quota increases during 2007.

“Across the board, Farm Bureau members need to be proud of the unified voice for agriculture they have formed across the country and in Puerto Rico,” Stallman said.

2007 Final Farm Bureau Membership

ALABAMA

433,700

ALASKA

337

ARIZONA

17,941

ARKANSAS

227,383

CALIFORNIA

91,678

COLORADO

23,914

CONNECTICUT

5,130

DELAWARE

3,353

FLORIDA

143,591

GEORGIA

437,734

HAWAII

1,581

IDAHO

63,059

ILLINOIS

419,934

INDIANA

283,483

IOWA

153,685

KANSAS

110,069

KENTUCKY

462,494

LOUISIANA

147,860

MAINE

2,732

MARYLAND

28,759

MASSACHUSETTS

5,956

MICHIGAN

199,053

MINNESOTA

27,967

MISSISSIPPI

227,741

MISSOURI

99,513

MONTANA

12,530

NEBRASKA

50,113

NEVADA

21,676

NEW HAMPSHIRE

5,037

NEW JERSEY

14,023

NEW MEXICO

13,750

NEW YORK

30,383

NORTH CAROLINA

492,755

NORTH DAKOTA

26,397

OHIO

230,968

OKLAHOMA

167,888

OREGON

53,414

PENNSYLVANIA

42,660

PUERTO RICO

676

RHODE ISLAND

2,715

SOUTH CAROLINA

130,569

SOUTH DAKOTA

9,311

TENNESSEE

629,027

TEXAS

404,735

UTAH

20,397

VERMONT

3,574

VIRGINIA

146,934

WASHINGTON

35,306

WEST VIRGINIA

17,818

WISCONSIN

41,870

WYOMING

10,424

TOTAL

6,231,176

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