Farm Bureau celebrates 50 straight years of membership growth
Farm Bureau's national membership rose to 6,279,813 member families in 2010, marking 50 consecutive years of membership growth. State Farm Bureaus overall reported a total 2,149 more member families this year than in 2009.
American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman credited strong agricultural advocacy programs at the local, state and national levels and the growing portfolio of services offered by state Farm Bureaus for the organization's 50th straight year of membership growth.
Kentucky Farm Bureau had the single largest gain of 16,964 members, bringing its membership to 500,316.
Other states organizations with significant growth included Texas, which grew by 15,414 members to 454,674; North Carolina, which grew by 11,637 members to 520,063; Tennessee, which gained 8,887 members to reach 655,127; and Illinois which grew by 4,124 members to 426,043. Tennessee Farm Bureau is the largest in the nation.
Delaware Farm Bureau had the single largest percentage membership gain, growing 19.9 percent to 5,396 member families. Rounding out the top five by percentage of growth were Montana (9.3 percent), Utah (9.1 percent), West Virginia (8.7 percent) and Pennsylvania (7.7 percent). The Northeast region had the largest percentage of growth, 4 percent.
Nineteen state Farm Bureaus earned Navigator Awards for meeting or exceeding membership growth goals: Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.
Thirty-six state Farm Bureaus achieved 2010 membership quota: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
2010 Final Farm Bureau Membership
New Hampshire: 3,624
New Jersey: 12,053
New Mexico: 15,352
New York: 28,432
North Carolina: 520,063
North Dakota: 26,928
Puerto Rico: 690
Rhode Island: 2,126
South Carolina: 112,150
South Dakota: 11,301
West Virginia: 23,073