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.
The American Farm Bureau Federation®
is the Unified National Voice of Agriculture®
County Farm Bureaus
50 + 1
State Farm Bureaus + Puerto Rico
We are committed to working through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. Together, we are the American Farm Bureau Federation.
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.
2017 Farm Bureau Impact: Unite. Engage. Transform
In 2017, Farm Bureau had an impact on key agricultural issues helping farmers and ranchers.
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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture works to build awareness, understanding and a positive perception of agriculture through education.
The Foundation is creating agriculturally literate citizens through our educational programs, grants, scholarships, classroom curriculum, and volunteer trainings.
The Foundation also builds relationships with educational institutions to introduce ag education tools and resources, and encourages adoption at the community, county, state, and national level.
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.
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.