With over 42,000 members, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus.
Farm Bureau members serve on boards and committees working on legislation, regulations, and issues that affect agriculture and rural areas. These hard-working members are supported by a staff of professionals working to assist them in their action-oriented activities.
No. Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) is a private, dues-paying membership organization. WFBF works on behalf of members locally, with regulatory agencies, and in our state and nation capitols.
Anyone, but only active members are permitted to create policy and vote on WFBF issues. Active members are those who are engaged in production agriculture. Non-agricultural members are associate members.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau has many money-saving member benefits that all members can enjoy. In addition to access to Rural Mutual Insurance Company policies, members can save money on everything from new vehicles to prescription drugs and roadside assistance. Plus, many of the issues of concern to the Farm Bureau don’t just affect farmers: they also impact agricultural consumers, taxpayers, and property owners.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus. Each county Farm Bureau has its own board of directors and committees. Statewide, Farm Bureau is governed by an 11-member board of directors elected by delegates from the member county organizations.
Back in 1920, Wisconsin farmers in eight counties needed to organize themselves for the betterment of their businesses. In those early days, Farm Bureau worked on such issues as rural electrification, group purchasing of farm supplies and marketing of farm commodities and insurance.
Farm Bureau leaders recognized the need to provide automobile coverage to members who were often unable to find affordable insurance as farmers were considered very high risk. So, in 1934 the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Wisconsin was formed. That company would evolve into what we now know as the Rural Mutual Insurance Company. See our Member Benefits section
to learn more.
Farm Bureau addresses a variety of issues, such as legislation concerning the environment, taxes, trade, regulation, livestock, land use, health and safety, property rights and wildlife. Farm Bureau also develops and promotes various education campaigns and programs. See our Legislation & Regulation section
to learn more.
WFBF uses a structured policy development process. Suggestions and policy ideas come directly from members who propose and vote on them at county Farm Bureau annual meetings. Policy ideas work their way up to the state Annual Meeting where delegate-members vote on the proposals. This process continues on at the national level as well.