History of the WyomingFarm Bureau Federation
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is a unique agriculture organization. It was created by its members and continues to be operated by the members, who now number nearly 12,000. In 1920, food availability was a major concern of the American public and the highlight of agriculture’s challenges. World War I prompted the development of Farm Bureau organizations to help secure greater food production. An early historical account said, “These early community and county organizations of farm people did a great service in adding to the war food supply for the government Food Program in Wyoming.”
Aside from food production, Farm Bureau organizations were born with the main objective of solving problems involving “livestock and crop production, marketing, homemaking, training of boys and girls, and development of local leadership” at the community, county and state levels, the historical account also said.
The Agricultural Extension Service was fundamental in organizing and directing the efforts of the developing Farm Bureaus, most of which began in the late teens and early 1920s. Farm Bureau organizations provided an agricultural resource for the Extension Service to deliver producers the latest information gained from research in the Department of Agriculture, Ag Experiment stations, and colleges of agriculture.
Albert E. Bowman, the state Ag Extension director of that time, can be credited with starting the Farm Bureau in Wyoming. He traveled the state, met with agricultural producers and other organizations, and attended national meetings. By the fall of 1919, eleven county Farm Bureaus had been established in Wyoming. The American Farm Bureau was founded the same year.
The first Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation statewide meeting was held in January 1920. The work of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has formed a solid foundation of agriculture resources and service for our nation today and in the future.
The mission of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is: “To represent the voices of Wyoming farmers and ranchers through grassroots policy development while focusing on protecting private property rights, strengthening agriculture, and supporting farm and ranch families through advocacy, education, and leadership development.”