Moments matter — celebrating 100 years of moments. This collection of historical information about the birth of Farm Bureau and its achievements during the past century is provided for your convenience. Higher resolution images and/or video will be provided upon request. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact MFB Public Affairs at 573-893-1468.


An Organization is Born
The First Meeting of the First State Farm Bureau
The First Resolutions Adopted as Policy
A Brief Review of Missouri Farm Bureau History
Legislative and Policy Milestones
MFB President Blake Hurst: Pride in a 100-Year History
Quick Quotes from Farm Bureau and Historians
100 Years of Change in Missouri Farm Bureau: A Timeline
Then & Now Fun Agriculture Facts




Missouri Picnics Cost More This Year
As shoppers plan menus for summer outings, they will find food needed to feed a gathering of 10 people will cost a little more overall this year than last, but significantly less than the national average.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding the Missouri Public Service Commission Decision on Grain Belt Express
Farm Bureau is extremely pleased with the action the Public Service Commission took today denying Clean Line Energy’s request to build a transmission line across northern Missouri.
Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Amendment #1 Election Results, Statement from Blake Hurst President of Missouri Farm Bureau
We are pleased the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the election results for Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, approved last August.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Today's Announcement of Koster's Lawsuit against EPA
We applaud Attorney General Koster for filing this lawsuit against EPA and hope the courts will act quickly to halt implementation of the WOTUS rule as the issue works its way through the legal system.
Statement by Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau, Regarding Passage of Trade Promotion Authority
Farm Bureau is pleased the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed Trade Promotion Authority.
Window Seats are Wonderful, but...
Every time I travel by plane, I want a window seat. It is the best seat. No one is elbowing me or bumping my arm as they pass. Plus, I have one of the best views from the plane. Below the clouds, a patchwork quilt of crop fields unfolds as if strewn across a bed. Fields rippled with rivers and hollers, ravines and tree clusters are a creation to behold, a revelation of today’s agriculture.
A State of Discovery
From the moment the final school bell rang in May until the inevitable return of the morning school bus in mid-August, my older brother and I reveled in the freedom of summer, released from the daily drudgery of the classroom. My brother would occupy his time with fishing when he wasn’t cluttering our family’s two-car garage with two-and-a-half-cars’ worth of woodworking projects. Ever the academic, I would while away entire afternoons devouring stacks of library books. As the summer progressed, temperatures escalated, days got longer and our tempers got shorter. After a few weeks of having us underfoot, I suspect my parents were galled by our capacity for mischief-making, but they knew just the cure for taming our rambunctious energy — a visit to a state park.
Too much water, too many rules
The waters of the U.S. are everywhere. After a month of daily rains, the constant deluge only interrupted by short interludes of drizzle, we’ve got water filling every ditch, puddling every piece of flat ground, standing behind every terrace and seeping from every sidehill. We’ve got water in places it hasn’t been since 1993. Missouri farmers are behind on planting, have lost much of what we did get planted and, if biodiversity is important to you, there are weeds of every kind and description. It’s been a slow motion disaster, and if the forecasts are correct, there’s not much hope of change.
Pickup Trucks
The first pickup truck was a Model T, with a bed in the back. First sold in 1925, it would set you back $281. Henry Ford called it a Model T runabout with a “Pickup body.”
Filling the Gap Filling the Gap
For decades farmers have explored opportunities in local food markets, from farmers’ markets and CSAs to one of the newest approaches, food hubs. Filling that local gap has been a mainstay for farms serving farmers’ markets and CSAs, but many are re-evaluating aspects of their business plan to find ways to work smarter.
Change to Rock Island Line Under Review Change to Rock Island Line Under Review
Pending authorization by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Missouri Central Railroad Company, owned by Ameren, plan to enter into negotiations to convert the Rock Island rail line between Windsor and Beaufort into a recreational trail.
Growing as a Family Growing as a Family
The hundreds of families who purchase fruit and vegetables from Buckeye Acres see proof the family farm is alive and well when they meet owners Buck and Heather Counts.


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