The Pryor Times

February 13, 2014

Farm Bureau Week begins Monday


PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times



Farm Bureau Week kicks off next Monday, Feb. 17 and will last until Friday, Feb. 21. This week allows Farm Bureau members to host different activities and events to help promote Farm Bureau within their communities.

It is also a great opportunity for county Farm Bureaus to gain members and become active in the community. Many county offices will host an Open House to allow those interested in Farm Bureau to stop by and learn more about the organization.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau commends the signing of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The farm bill passed the House on Jan. 29 and the Senate on Feb. 4.

“The Farm Bill signed by President Obama is not perfect, but it does provide a safety net for producers through crop insurance reform and a permanent livestock disaster relief program,” OKFB President

Tom Buchanan said. “We applaud Rep. Frank Lucas for his hard work on the bill and thank Congress for reaching a bi-partisan agreement.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), commonly referred to as the Farm Bureau, is a nonprofit organization and describes itself as the largest general farm organization in the United States. The stated mission of AFBF is working through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities AFBF

is headquartered in Washington, DC. There are 50 state Farm Bureau affiliates and one in Puerto Rico.

The Farm Bureau movement officially started in 1911 when John Barron, a farmer who graduated from Cornell University worked as an extension agent in Broome County, New York. He served as a Farm Bureau representative for farmers with the Binghamton, New York Chamber of Commerce. The effort was financed by the United States Department of Agriculture and Lackawanna Railroad. The Broome County Farm Bureau was soon separated from the Chamber of Commerce. Other farm bureaus on a county level formed across the country.

In 1914, with the passage of the Smith–Lever Act of 1914, Congress agreed to share with the states the cost of programs for providing what had come to be called county agents, who furnished farmers information on improved methods of husbandry developed by the agricultural colleges and agricultural experiment

stations.