The Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF) is the state's largest voluntary organization of farmers and ranchers – but really, we consist of more than 29,000 member families committed to protecting Utah’s farms and ranches, and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply. Our members live in all of Utah's 29 counties and belong to county Farm Bureaus, which, in turn, comprise the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation is an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which boasts more than 6 million members nationwide.
Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purposes of addressing 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 agriculture at all levels.
UFBF represents all commodity interests and is involved in all issues that are of concern to the state’s farmers and ranchers, including taxation, property rights and services to the farm community.
The organization works to support its producer members through legislative lobbying, leadership development programs, commodity associations, rural health & safety programs, insurance products, agricultural supplies and marketing, and other services.
The Utah Farm Bureau was organized in the fall of 1916 by a group of Utah farmers who met in Salt Lake City. D.D. McKay of Huntsville, Utah, became the first president of the state organization. He served until 1922. The first convention was held in 1918 at the Utah Agricultural College in Logan. The first session of the convention was dedicated almost entirely to discussing the price they should seek for sugar beets. Since then, the organization has developed into the largest general agricultural organization in the state of Utah.
The American Farm Bureau was formed when farmer delegates from 30 states gathered at Chicago's LaSalle Hotel on Nov. 12, 1919. Their goal was to speak for themselves through their own national organization. It soon became local, statewide, national and international in its scope and influence. Currently there are more than 2,800 county Farm Bureaus in the United States. The first county Farm Bureau was formed in Broome County, NY in 1911. The "bureau" in Farm Bureau is used because the first Farm Bureau was formed as a "bureau" of the chamber of commerce in Broome County. Missouri was the first state to form a statewide organization in March of 1915.
The Farm Bureau proudly claims a grassroots structure. Numerous volunteer leaders serve on county Farm Bureau boards and committees, providing direction to the state and national organization. The public policy process begins at the county level. There, members research and discuss issues affecting rural Utah and America and develop policies that are passed and sent on to the state resolutions committee then potentially on to the American Farm Bureau. Full-time legislative representatives work to support those policies at the Utah State Legislature and the U.S. Congress. In addition, a variety of Farm Bureau programs and committees work to support members, educate the public and enforce the mission statement.
Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization seeking to further its member's goals. Farm Bureau is involved in local, state, national and international issues that affect its members. Farm Bureau provides full-time representation at the Utah State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.