About the SLO County Farm Bureau

The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, voluntary membership corporation with a purpose to protect and promote agricultural interests in San Luis Obispo County. Now, in its 97th year, Farm Bureau is a dynamic organization, responding to the changing needs of our ag community, its people and businesses.

The organization works for the solution to problems of the farm, the farm house, and the rural community, by the use of the recognized advantages of organized action, to the end that those engaged in the various branches of agriculture may have opportunity for happiness and prosperity in their chosen work.

Farm Bureau works in conjunction with the Agricultural Extension Service in the development of better methods and practices in farming and farm management; the improvement of conditions surrounding rural life and in the cultivation of such sentiments and ideals as may promote the highest type of neighborliness and citizenship.

We unite farmers, ranchers, viticulturalists and other ag businesses in the county under one farm/ranch organization to promotion and protect the common interest and community good without regard to political or religious affiliation.

We encourage and foster the development of commodity marketing and purchase of farm supplies on a cooperative non-profit basis and the development of such other activities as will best serve the economic needs of the members.

We stand alongside other county Farm Bureau Organizations in connection with California Farm Bureau Federation and American Farm Bureau Federation for mutual assistance in the achievement of common aims and purposes.

The organization has a long history of active volunteers, who are passionate about agriculture and the mission of Farm Bureau. Staff and volunteers actively represent some 1,000 members in this County alone.

Collectively, California Farm Bureau Federation is California's largest farm organization with memberships of some 49,000 farm families and individuals in 56 California counties.

Grassroots History

Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state and national basis. The county Farm Bureau is the nucleus of the organization. In 1919, a small group of farmers, representing 30 states, founded the American Farm Bureau Federation. They wanted to speak for themselves on the issues they knew better than anyone else. Members have never stopped speaking out. They have found a voice that is articulate and focused and, over the nearly 100 years, have kept agriculture working.

San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau

California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) serves the county Farm Bureaus' as our voice in state issues and works closely with representatives from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) on issues of National importance. Farm Bureau strives to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of California's resources.

Policy

Farm Bureau policies and programs are developed from grassroots recommendations originating at the community and county Farm Bureau level. From these recommendations, tentative policy resolutions are prepared and submitted to the CFBF House of Delegates for action at its annual meeting each December. The House of Delegates is made up of representatives elected by members of the County Farm Bureaus. Resolutions on state matters become CFBF policy. Matters of national interest are forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration.