What is MFBF
Purpose of Farm Bureau
MFBF is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization with its roots in agriculture. Farm Bureau provides an organization where members may secure the benefits of united efforts in a way that could never be accomplished through individual effort. MFBF is the state’s largest agriculture organization and advocate for Montana agriculture.
MFBF is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agriculture producers.
In short “We Care For the Country.”
Montana Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation were originally formed in 1919 for the purpose of making the business of farming and ranching more profitable, and the community a better place to live.
To correlate and strengthen the member county Farm Bureaus; support the free enterprise system and protect individual freedom and opportunity; promote, protect and represent the business, economic, social and educational interests of farmer/rancher members and all of their communities; and to enhance the agricultural industry in Montana.
MFBF is truly unique in that it provides the opportunity for members to gather at the county level, discuss their concerns, and develop ways to resolve their problems. The farmer/rancher members make final decisions regarding the policy direction of the organization on issues such as property rights, water quality, water rights, taxes, government regulations, use of public lands, the environment and many others. Montana Farm Bureau members have full-time representation on both state and national issues in order to carry out Farm Bureau policies.
In addition to working on the issues there are many other programs that the organization carries out and in which members may become involved. These programs include the Young Farmer and Rancher program, Women’s Committee, Ag in the Classroom, Always Be Careful (ABC) on the Farm Safety program, and consumer education along with local affairs and other specific informational programs. They are designed to develop volunteer’s leadership skills, promote agriculture and provide information to members and the public.
Anyone in Montana can be a Farm Bureau member. Agriculture is an important part of Montana’s economy ranking first in contribution to wealth in the state. No matter where you live or what you do, agriculture has a profound impact on your life.