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Looking back, looking forward

Celebrating Farm Bureau’s 100 years

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT

Editor’s note: This is the first monthly installment in a series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bureau County Farm Bureau.

As the observance of Bureau County Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary begins to unfold, it is important to consider the many things we have to be thankful for.

Farm Bureau’s mission is to improve the economic well-being of agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life. While formally put in writing over 20 years ago, this has always been the driving force behind the efforts of Farm Bureau members.

In Farm Bureau, members own and control our organization. Members are always at the top of the list as we have sought to advance our collective interests. We have always tried to stay in touch locally through board members and committees, driven from the bottom up. This is one of the things that makes Farm Bureau unique and strong.

There exists a rich heritage of cooperation and accomplishment at the local, state and national levels. We have found many ways to effectively utilize the resources available to us: national, financial, technological and human.

Bureau County was one of the early organizers of a local Farm Bureau. We saw the need to coordinate the efforts of individuals to cooperate together. We could accomplish so much more by working together. Recognizing and answering needs as they arose, member programs and services have been developed and continue to evolve as time and circumstance dictate.

There are several things we take for granted in Bureau County. We have some unique characteristics. No other state has a day to day staff presence in each county. We search for, hire and train competent, professional staff to assist us on a multitude of issues. We offer leadership development. We mobilize farmer members to speak to the issues in Springfield and Washington. We have strong affiliates who provide goods and services because members recognized the needs.

We have been truly blessed with good people. Hard working. Ethical. Willing to step forward. They have exhibited a depth of commitment, willing to pledge their time and their talents. They have been willing to reach into their pockets and fund an effort they believe in.

Finally, we have been fortunate to have had exceptional leadership. Leadership comes in many forms, and if we take time to look back and examine our accomplishments, we can see where Bureau County Farm Bureau has had impact at the local, state, national, and international levels. We have been part of the solution.

It is important to look back as we look forward. The future is bright, indeed!

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