Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization with our policies and priorities set at the local level by individual farmer members in a democratic process that dates back to our beginning. Farm Bureau began as an idea in Broome County, New York in 1911.
In late 1917, the Farm Bureau movement had spread across the Country and gave rise to the idea of the American Farm Bureau Federation, all the while respecting the original grass roots structure that gave the individual farmer delegate at the County level, the control over the issues and solutions generated for the good of American agriculture. Mass Farm Bureau is the state’s largest non-profit trade association of agricultural producers. Over 6,000 member families in 11 counties have joined together to solve problems common to the agricultural community. While members join at the local county level, a membership gives you access to all the benefits of both the Mass Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world’s largest agricultural advocacy organization with over 6.2 million family members nationwide.
Since 1915, our experience in issues relating to agriculture here in Massachusetts has made us widely considered the “Voice of Agriculture” in the Commonwealth. This respect for the grassroots policy development process and emphasis on every member’s input have propelled Farm Bureau into playing a critical role in shaping public policy locally and at the state and national levels.
If you are interested in helping preserve and strengthen an integral part of our working landscape, Farm Bureau is the place for you.