Celebrating 100 Years
Since 1917, we’ve been making the impossible, possible for Nebraska farmers, ranchers and agriculture. In a business where margins are everything and profitability is determined by the weather, markets, regulations, politics, and everything in between, it’s good to have a friend looking out for you.
For 100 years, Nebraska Farm Bureau has been that friend to farmers and ranchers; bringing them together to discuss challenges, identify solutions and to advocate on issues they’ve determined are critical to keeping current and future generations on the land. The Nebraska Farm Bureau has become the public face of Nebraska agriculture. And we're just getting started.
Nebraska Farm Bureau's first legislative effort was to solve the growing grasshopper problem.
Harry Keefe was the founder of the first County Farm Bureau in Thurston County and with more than 300 members he was elected the first president of the state organization.
1922 & 1934
Charles Yoder (CY) Thompson was elected as president of Nebraska Farm Bureau in 1922 and again in 1934. He served 24 years on the University Board of Regents and his name is on the library on east campus.
Nellie Benson was the first woman president of Nebraska Farm Bureau from Polk County Farm Bureau.
Nebraska Farm Bureau was part of an effort to keep the lights on in rural Nebraska by supporting the Rural Electrification Act of 1935.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau delegates authorized the Federation to create a property and Casualty insurance company.
Nebraska Farm Bureau’s affiliation with extension ends. By 1953 all except Dundy and Deuel counties had separated.
Nebraska Farm Bureau supported the Nebraska Rural Radio Association, and encouraged Farm Bureau members to purchase a membership in this farmer-owned and controlled radio.
Nebraska Farm Bureaus ends its affiliation with Extension.
Burt County held the highest membership in Nebraska Farm Bureau with 776 member families. Eighty-Seven County Farm Bureaus were established by 1966.
Membership dues were $20 dollars. A membership to the Nebraska Farm Bureau was the biggest benefit and value a farmer or rancher could find. And it still is!
The Ag 40 group was created and was instrumental in creating IANR. Ag 40 was created to protect the College of Agriculture.
Nebraska Farm Bureau membership soared to more than 20,000 and Keya Paha County became the 88th County Farm Bureau in Nebraska.
Nebraska Farm Bureau has a new president in Bryce Neidig of Madison County. He would be the second to longest president to serve the organization.
NFBF-PAC was created to endorse legislative candidates.
The Silver Eagle Award was established to those who demonstrated a commitment to promoting and improving agriculture. Virginia Smith was the first recipient.
Nebraska Farm Bureau increased its involvement in the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom program when it signed a contract with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to manage the program.
Nebraska Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance Company of Nebraska broke ground for a new building in Lincoln.
EPA released its Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) strategy and the Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) guidelines. NFBF fights for commonsense livestock waste regulations.
Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa merged companies. By 2003 five other state Farm Bureaus also merged to create an eight-state property and casualty company.
Former NFBF President Keith Olsen went on a trade mission to Cuba and met with then Cuban President Fidel Castro.
The Nebraska State Fair moves to its new home from Lincoln to Grand Island.
Steve Nelson from Axtell becomes NFBF’s 15th president.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation was created to engage youth, educators and the public to promote an understanding of the importance of agriculture.
Nebraska Farm Bureau enters this decade as a vital, active, problem solving, member-serving organization. They are proud of its past, committed to solving the problems of the future and to serving members and agriculture.