The first major farmers' organization in the United States was the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. Known as the Grange, the organization was founded in 1867 to unite and advocate for farmers and others living in rural America.
During the late 19th century, America underwent rapid industrialization and urbanization. With the industrial economy booming, the government committed to serving the needs of businesses, ignoring the plights of farmers in the process. As a result, the Grange formed to bring farmers together to give them a voice in the government. In addition to working on ways to improve the well-being of America's farmers, the Grange hosts a wide variety of social, educational and service events and programs for farmers across America.