History

The North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was organized in 1936, with the goal of protecting the interests of farm and rural families across the state. For the first time, an organization would give farmers a unified voice on agricultural issues. Now, as then, N.C. Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization, serving as a legislative advocate for our members at the local, state, national and international levels. From the county courthouse to the halls of Congress, N.C. Farm Bureau provides powerful and effective representation for agriculture and rural communities.

Concerns about a lack of insurance coverage on farms and other rural areas of the state led N.C. Farm Bureau leaders to form the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company in 1953. This was the start of the organization’s service-to-member programs, which today offer a wide selection of services and savings, everything from a prescription drug program to banking services.

N.C. Farm Bureau leaders have always had a keen interest in education and today fund three programs featuring agriculture and education.

  1. The R. Flake Shaw Scholarship Fund was launched in 1965 to assist young people pursuing agriculture-related careers. Today, 24 students are on scholarship, with 6 new students selected every year.
  2. The Ag in the Classroom program provides North Carolina teachers with quality materials to teach students about the sources of their food and fiber and the importance of agriculture to the economy. The lessons were designed by teachers to integrate with and supplement existing classroom curricula.
  3. Institutes for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) hosts rising high school seniors who are interested in the industry of agriculture. For a week in June each year the students learn about agriculture careers at either NC State University or North Carolina A&T State University. Emphasis is placed on career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship and leadership development.

Even though our organization has grown significantly since its humble beginnings, membership in the North Carolina Farm Bureau still starts at the local level. Offices are located in all 100 counties. If you are not yet a member, contact your county Farm Bureau office for more information. Please check our county office page for a location near you.

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