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.
GrassrootsThe 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.
Politically activeFarm 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.