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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

Alabama: 425,903

Alaska: 348

Arizona: 21,060

Arkansas: 219,719

California: 76,511

Colorado: 22,387

Connecticut: 5,172

Delaware: 5,396

Florida: 143,663

Georgia; 383,812

Hawaii: 1,598

Idaho: 64,668

Illinois: 426,043

Indiana: 275,139

Iowa: 154,422

Kansas: 117,213

Kentucky: 500,316

Louisiana: 148,402

Maine: 2,120

Maryland: 34,894

Massachusetts: 5,420

Michigan: 193,061

Minnesota: 27,431

Mississippi: 204,963

Missouri: 102,340

Montana: 15,300

Nebraska: 53,047

Nevada: 20,316

New Hampshire: 3,624

New Jersey: 12,053

New Mexico: 15,352

New York: 28,432

North Carolina: 520,063

North Dakota: 26,928

Ohio: 214,331

Oklahoma: 163,182

Oregon: 58,958

Pennsylvania: 50,284

Puerto Rico: 690

Rhode Island: 2,126

South Carolina: 112,150

South Dakota: 11,301

Tennessee: 655,127

Texas: 454,674

Utah: 29,799

Vermont: 3,334

Virginia: 149,901

Washington: 40,077

West Virginia: 23,073

Wisconsin: 42,734

Wyoming: 10,956

TOTAL: 6,279,813.

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