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American Farm Bureau Federation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0479

Scope and Content

This collection (1913-2000, undated) contains correspondence, newsletters, news clippings about the AFBF and their activities, brochures, reports, meeting minutes, resolutions passed, constitution and by-laws, president's monthly news columns, notes, as well as reports on various farm-related issues. The AFBF's newsletter, Minute Men, is included.



A large part of the collection consists of speeches given by Federation presidents and administrators, mostly Dean Kleckner. Kleckner was the organization's president from 1986-2000 and served as President (1975-1985) of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Dates

  • 1913-2000, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) was formed in 1919 with the goals of giving assistance to small-town farmers through their own national organization and giving farmers a united, national voice. The organization was formally ratified in March 1920. Based in Washington, D. C., the AFBF operates on county, state, national, and international levels to promote agricultural enrichment and advancement in rural communities. Coming from a long history of farming organizations in the United States, the AFBF was created out of the extension movement happening at land-grant colleges across the country and was essential in organizing rural efforts from communities across the country. The AFBF was also responsible for starting up many post-war (WWII) programs to increase employment and boost America's agricultural production.



James R. Howard served as the American Farm Bureau Federation's first president and he ensured that the AFBF made a strong entrance onto the national scene. He devised three solutions for the nation's farm problems: longer term credit, tariffs to protect American crops against competing imported farm crops and the general cooperative marketing plan outlined by Farm Bureau.



The AFBF continues to educate and represent American farmers at the national level, working on trade agreements and legislation such as the farm bills and other farm policies, the Clean Water Act, taxes, rural school funding, and other regulatory reform. The organization is involved in legal advocacy and has a program that fosters communication and coordination of members to advocate legal change (AFBF Legal Advocacy Program). They also developed a network of members called the Farm Bureau's Agricultural Contact Team (FBACT) that reaches out to Congress on important issues. In addition to this, the AFBF runs several educational programs targeting different demographics and social groups. They have a program for women, a program for children and teens, an internship program, a program which targets hunger and food shortages, and a county education program which highlights measures communities have taken in agricultural education.

Extent

13.65 Linear Feet (32 document boxes and 1 half-document box)

Abstract

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) was formed in 1919 with the goals of giving assistance to farmers through their own national organization and giving farmers a united, national voice. The AFBF operates on county, state, national, and international levels. The AFBF continues to educate and represent American farmers at the national level, working on trade agreements and legislation such as the farm bills and other farm policies, the Clean Water Act, taxes, rural school funding, and other regulatory reform. This collection contains news clippings about the Federation and their activities, newsletters, annual convention brochures, reports, meeting minutes, resolutions passed, constitution and by-laws, president's monthly news columns, and reports on various farm-related issues. A large part of the collection consists of speeches given by Federation presidents and administrators, mostly Dean Kleckner. Topics include agricultural legislation family farms, farm programs, food related issues, commodities and various farm products, taxes, trade, labor issues, gasohol, and civil rights.

Arrangement

This collection is organized Alphabetically.

Items in related collections

MS-0157. James Raley Howard papers, 1886-1982, undated MS-0105. Iowa Farm Bureau Federation records, 1914-2008 MS-0601. American Agricultural Marketing Association Broiler Program records, 1964-1976, undated

Related collection materials

Related publications include:



The Farm Bureau Movement by O.M. Kile with introduction by J.R. Howard (call number HD 1484 K55f c.5)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
MS-0479. American Farm Bureau Federation records, 1913-2000, undated
Date
December 12, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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