Q: What is Nebraska Farm Bureau?
A: Nebraska Farm Bureau is the largest general farm/ranch organization in Nebraska. Farm Bureau has a long history of working with farmers and ranchers across the state. In 1947 the insurance company was founded by farmer and rancher members who couldn't get adequate and affordable insurance coverage.
Q: Why was Nebraska Farm Bureau founded?
A: In 1917, a group of farmers wanted to better themselves, their families, their industry and their state. So they joined forces with other community leaders and formed a general farm organization called Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF).
Q: Isn't Farm Bureau an insurance company?
A: Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a not-for-profit, grassroots advocacy organization. Farm Bureau Financial Services is a separate entity and is one of the many valuable benefits available to members.
Q: Why do I pay a membership to get my insurance?
A: Membership is yearly and is tied to the #1 benefit – insurance! There are other special discount programs that are offered to help save you and your family money. If you use the member benefits regularly, it will more than pay for your membership fee!
Q: What does it cost to join Nebraska Farm Bureau?
A: Annual dues are $60 or less per year and vary by county. To join your County Farm Bureau, click here
Q: I’m not a farmer or a rancher, why should I be a member of an agriculture organization?
A: Anyone can join. If you eat, drive a car and enjoy everything that is Nebraska - Farm Bureau is for you! Nebraska Farm Bureau was founded in 1917 by a diverse group of people including farmers, teachers, bankers, merchants and other community leaders - and the same holds true today. Many citizens share the same concerns of farmers because they are agricultural consumers, taxpayers and property owners. Becoming a Farm Bureau member of Farm Bureau is a simple yet powerful way to put your support squarely behind the wholesame farm families that produce your family's food, fiber and energy. Nebraska Farm Bureau also believes in supporting and strengthening rural and urban communities. In fact, Nebraska Farm Bureau along with our 85 County Farm Bureaus donate an estimated three quarters of a million dollars to many charitable and educational programs across the state, with a strong focus on supporting youth, food, educational scholarships, leadership and rural development. From the rural farm fields and ranches to our growing cities, there is a consistent work ethic that improves Nebraska each and every day.
Q: What are the benefits of membership?
A: Farm Bureau benefits are as diverse as our membership, but we are committed to supporting and protecting an important cause for Nebraska - the farm and ranch families that produce our food, fiber and energy. We do that through our strong advocacy work at the local, state and national level on issues ranging from property taxes and school infrastructure to eminent domain and renewable fuels. What matters to you, matters to us! As the only group in Nebraska with a presence in every county, Farm Bureau members have a significant network and infrastructure to reach all corners of the state. We also offer innovative programs and services that can strengthen your bottom line, whether you farm/ranch or not. All members qualify for the many money-saving benefits we offer from property-casualty and health insurance to discounts on prescription drugs, health screenings, industrial supplies and more. Click here for a complete listing of our member benefits.
Q: How is Nebraska Farm Bureau structured?
A: The strength of the organization is derived from the more than 56,000 member families who join their County Farm Bureau. Nebraska Farm Bureau comprises 85 County Farm Bureaus and each county has a board elected by its members, as well as various committees. Statewide, Nebraska Farm Bureau is governed by a 13-member board of directors elected by delegates from each County Farm Bureau.
Q: What is the difference between farmer/rancher and associate members?
A: Farmer and rancher members are those members who are actively involved in agriculture production and are eligible to serve on county and state boards, create policy and vote on NFBF issues. Associate members, or agriculture-supporting members, share many of the same concerns as farmers/ranchers, taxpayers and property owners. All members qualify for the many money-saving benefits from property-casualty and health insurance to discounts on prescription drugs, health screenings, industrial supplies and more.
Q: How are Farm Bureau's policies developed?
A: Nebraska Farm Bureau is part of the 50 states and Puerto Rico that make up the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Policy for the organization is a democratic process that starts at the county level by gathering input from members. The county prioritizes their issues and brings them to the state level, where policy is debated and formed by the elected voting delegate body. Issues of national interest are forwarded to the AFBF Annual Meeting for debate and approval.
Q: I heard that Nebraska Farm Bureau is a politically conservative organization. Is that true?
A: Farm Bureau policies represent its members and the issues important to them. These issues range from renewable fuels and eminent domain to property taxes and deer hunting. Our membership is a diverse group of people with differing viewpoints. But the one thing they do share are Nebraska values such as a belief in hard work, a passion for the land and character rooted in faith and family.
Q: Does Nebraska Farm Bureau only support large corporate farms?
A: NFBF is a general farm organization and supports a wide spectrum of agriculture. Members are diverse, ranching from small to large farms, organic to traditional. While Nebraska is known for traditional commodities such as corn, soybeans, wheat, dry edible beans, sugar beets, cattle and hogs, we also have a growing grape industry and are seeing more alternative commodities such as pumpkins, tomatoes and vegetable produce. These farms may be independent or they may be part of a family corporation. They all contribute to Nebraska's largest industry.
Q: How do I join?
A: We offer four convenient ways to join.
- Sign up online, click here.
- Download and mail in the membership form, click here.
- Visit your local County Farm Bureau office, click here for a list of offices across the state.
- Call the Member Benefits hotline toll-free at 800-742-4016.