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Illinois Farm Bureau® is a member
of the American Farm Bureau
Federation®, a national
organization of farmers and ranchers including Farm Bureaus in all
50 states and Puerto Rico, and is responsible for Farm
Bureau® membership and programs within
Illinois Farm Bureau programs and services are available only to
Farm Bureau members within Illinois.
FARM BUREAU® and
FB® are registered service marks owned by
the American Farm Bureau Federation. More information regarding the
American Farm Bureau Federation can be found at www.fb.org.
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB ) is a membership
organization controlled by farmers who join IFB through their county Farm Bureau. There are 96 county
organizations in Illinois. IFB is a not for profit corporation.
IFB's legal name is the Illinois Agricultural Association which was
founded in 1916 by a group of farmers who met at the University of
Illinois to discuss the need for education, better information, and
more effective farming practices.
Early on, IFB was involved in passing legislation
and lobbying lawmakers about agricultural issues. At the same time,
county Farm Bureaus provided a professional staff in accessible
locations around the state. Together, IFB and counties were
instrumental in bringing soil and crop specialists to each county.
These professional farm advisers were the forerunners of today's Cooperative Extension Service. They helped
supply farmers with the latest agricultural research information
and made on-the-farm analyses and recommendations about production
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Today, IFB's mission is to improve the economic well-being of
agriculture and enrich the quality of farm family life. The
organization's leadership works to achieve these goals through a
strategic plan that calls for seven key results areas:
• Operating the farm successfully
• Service to members
• Government and politics
• Education and information
• Professional development
• Operating IFB professionally
Illinois Farm Bureau:
• Tells the farmer's story to the public.
• Updates members on new technology and information that impacts
• Represents farmers in local, state, and national legislative
& political activities.
• Provides marketing and education services to help IFB members
improve their net farm income.
IFB is governed by a twenty-member board of
directors who are elected to two-year terms; president and
vice-president are elected every two years. IFB's state office
is located at 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.
Phone: (309) 557-2111
Fax: (309) 557-2641
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