In honor of Clark L. Brody’s Feb. 1 birthday, here’s a photo of the man (right) receiving a fine desk set from Nile L. Vermillion, the first vice president of Farm Bureau Insurance. The FBI field force had sold some $5 million in life insurance in the five weeks leading up to Nov. 7, 1959. That day 50 of those agents attended a special dinner at MSU and it was proclaimed it as Brody Day.
As a founding father of Michigan Farm Bureau, Brody served as the organization’s secretary-manager from 1921 until 1952, when he changed gears to focus on working public affairs until his retirement in 1959. That same year saw the publication of In the Service of the Farmer, his historical memoir documenting MFB’s first four decades.
A farmer, teacher, extension agent and member of the state board of agriculture, Clark Brody not only shaped our great organization, but contributed profoundly to the overall prosperity of Michigan agriculture.