The idea of a legacy is crafted with future generations in mind, but the reality of one is chiseled by thousands of big and small choices made by generations gone by. If we study the past, can we find hope for the future? Can a foundation of organized agricultural democracy still be used to improve the quality of rural life? Throughout the past 100 years, the people, principles and purpose of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation have offered a resounding ‘yes’ to these questions.
Leading Montana Ag Towards a Future
As the agricultural industry continued to grow, Montana Farm Bureau stuck to its principles and values to lead Montana toward a future with a prosperous agriculture economy and thriving rural communities. These time-tested principles and values set the stage for Montana Farm Bureau to represent...Failure Doesn't Have to be Fatal
A decade after hitting a membership high, Farm Bureau fell to a membership low in 1987. This dip caused Farm Bureau to lose its status as the largest agricultural organization in the state of Montana. This era saw a handful of members stand up and commit themselves to the organization and ensure...Approach and Attitude Dictate Outcome
Farm Bureau members at the time were against the top-down approach of the federal government that pressed into western states. the 1964 Public Land Classification and Multiple Use Act, an increase in grazing fees on federal land and 9 million acres in the west considered for the National Wilderness...Freedom is a Vessel for Responsibility
No word is mentioned more often in the eleven simple, declarative sentences of the Farm Bureau beliefs than "freedom." Although anytime we want more freedom, it is matched with responsibility for that freedom. From 1947 to 1987, Montana Farm Bureau members were faced with difficult decisions over...Growth Starts With Good Questions
After Montana's House Bill 273 formally separated Farm Bureau from the Extension Service, a new era set in with lots of questions. By setting up a system to gather answers and put them to use, the stage was set for the traditional Farm Bureau approach to local problem solving: gather the facts,...Unity Through the Democratic Process
Montana Farm Bureau was growing in both size and scope but lacked the right structure to address issues with state, national and international implications. in 1923, Montana Farm Bureau formed the Committee on Organization to select a manager that would direct and supervise work in the state...Vitality in Our Rural Communities
Following a severe drought and a crash in market prices that followed World War I, the new agricultural industry that had a prosperous start was already falling apart. It was during this time that Montana's county Farm Bureaus came together during their first state convention and made a commitment...Empowerment Through Education
A series of momentous laws toward the end of the 19th century and into the 20th propelled agricultural education forward in America. The Morrill Land Grant College Act (1862), Hatch Act (1887) and Smith-Lever Act (1914) lead to bringing land grant university-level research, education and...