Century Award

By: News Release
Dec 20th, 2018

During the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 100th Annual Meeting in Des Moines, December 3-5, the Clayton County Farm Bureau office was recognized for 100 years of service.

Pictured is Erik Oberbroeckling, Garnavillo, with IFBF Vice President Joe Heinrich, on left, and IFBF President Craig Hill, on right.

The first county Farm Bureau was organized in Clinton County in 1912 by farmers who wanted to expand the resources available for area farmers. That year, Scott County, Black Hawk County and Muscatine County also formed local Farm Bureau groups.

This attention to bringing resources to rural America began in 1908 when President Theodore Roosevelt appointed a Country Life Commission. The commission established county agents to help educate farm families on crop and livestock production, as well as the principles of healthy home living. The Extension Service and County Farm Improvement Associations helped bring this information to Iowa farmers, but many people felt that farmers needed more, and this led to the creation of the county Farm Bureau system in Iowa.

This is the sixth year for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to celebrate this award and 51 county Farm Bureaus were recognized for a century of service. Each year until 2019, IFBF will award a medallion to county Farm Bureaus and recognize their achievement during the IFBF Annual Meeting as they reach the century mark.