Members organize social outings, educational workshops, political action and community forums, and other programs and services for farm families.
Other bureaus on a county level formed across the country.
Farmers meeting in Saline County, Missouri were the first to form a state-wide bureau in 1915. The initial farm bureaus had a social and educational function furthering the extension service efforts, and they have additionally developed a lobbying presence as well.
The American Farm Bureau was formally created in 1919 in Chicago, Illinois. Its initial organization papers said:
The purpose of Farm Bureau is to make the business of farming more profitable, and the community a better place to live. Farm Bureau should provide an organization in which members may secure the benefits of unified efforts in a way which could never be accomplished through individual effort. - Statement originally approved by Farm Bureau members in 1920.
The state and national Farm Bureaus continue to provide valuable consumer information regarding the efficiency and safety with which American food and fiber is produced. Great emphasis is placed on teaching elementary age school children where their food actually comes from.
Lawsuit: Farm Bureau charges bogus fees. (Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas Inc.)(includes related article on lawsuit filed with the Chicot County Chancery Court)
Nov 25, 1996; $35 Membership Dues, Lack of Dividends at Issue in Class Action What started as idle conversation in a southeast Arkansas liquor...