History

1919
First Meeting
1919 group Fifty-seven county Farm Bureau leaders meet at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and vote a create the statewide Farm Bureau organization “to encourage, aid, and correlate the efforts of the county Farm Bureaus, to provide ways and means for concerted action in the solution of agricultural problems of state or national scope.”
1920
First Home Office
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MFB establishes its first home office at 221 N. Cedar Street, Lansing (due west of the Lansing Lugnuts’ left outfield inside Cooley Law School Stadium today.)

1920
Wool Pool
MFB Wool Sorting

Among the Michigan State Farm Bureau’s earliest ventures was the Wool Pool, a cooperative service meant to garner better prices for the commodity, the value of which plummeted when the U.S. government dumped its surplus wool on the market after World War I. Early membership solicitors enticed hundreds of new members by promising higher prices for the devalued raw product—prices that wouldn’t rebound for many years. It was a shaky start for the young Farm Bureau, which learned a tough lesson in promising more than it could deliver. Read More

1921
Clark L. Brody

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Longtime county agent Clark Brody appointed secretary of Michigan State Farm Bureau, succeeding Charles A. Bingham in the key role as the young organization’s sole salaried officer and manager.

1921
Michigan Elevator Exchange

1921
Michigan Elevator Exchange organized as a separate cooperative, which in time would become the state’s largest handler of grain and beans.

1923
Farm Bureau News

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Staffer Einar Ungren establishes Farm Bureau News to keep members informed about agricultural news and the organization’s activities.

1925
Two-cent Gas Tax
1925
After a protracted battle with Gov. Alexander J. Groesbeck, a Farm Bureau carded its first major legislative victory with the implementation of a two-cent gas tax to fund road construction.