Our History

The Daviess County Farm Bureau was established and incorporated in 1922, with a handful of farmers, and elected a president, vice-president, secretary & treasurer. They then added (7) board members. Membership dues were $2.00. Later in the year approximately 100 members were added. They held their meetings at the court house, in a member’s home or at the rural electric office.

In the early years Daviess County Farm Bureau was very busy in the welfare and the growth of its members and its residents. They helped to obtained electric and phone service to rural folks by lobbying in Frankfort. They helped to support the local Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital, the American Red Cross Chapter, the Owensboro Fire Departments, and those affected by the great flood of 1937, just to mentioned a few. They helped to secure an office for the county extension agent, and obtain insurance for its members from State Farm in Indiana. They conducted a study to check on establishing a tobacco warehouse, warehouseman’s charges in the sale of tobacco, and considered daylight savings time a big issue. They were the first county in the state to offer Blue Cross Hospitalization to its members.

The Daviess County Farm Bureau helped to establish a Food Locker Refrigerating Plant and formed a committee to head a drive for Kentucky Wesleyan College. A great total of $ 23,669. was raised. They organized a women’s committee, a young Farm Bureau committee, hired a public accountant to help members with Income Tax Returns, and had a successful newsletter.

In 1997 celebrated 75 years with approximately 5800 members and 350 attending.

Daviess County Farm Bureau has always been and is still very active in all legislative aspects of our county, state and national government; as well as all levels of the Farm Bureau Organization. An annual legislative meeting in November illustrates this importance as many of the officials are always there.

Daviess County Farm Bureau continues to be the "Voice of Agriculture" and continues to be "The Farm Organization"; sponsoring and supporting the 4-H clubs, FFA’s, the annual Farm Expo, the Farm-City Breakfast and many others. They support the many Members Services and programs offered by the state office; such as Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, The Distinguished Service Awards, Scholarships, including their own scholarship program.

Daviess County Farm Bureau continues to grow and now has 3 offices in Owensboro.  The South Office is located at 3329 Wathens Crossing with Dan Turley as Agency Manager and Agents David Boswell and Stuart Anderson.  The East Office is located at 3230 Kidron Valley Way with Wes Mills as Agency Manager and Agents Chris Hoskins and Bill Hodskins.  The Central Office is located at 2645 Frederica St. STE 100 with Gavin Roberts as Agency Manager and Agents Robert Edge and Alex Bryant.  We now have over 9800 members.  The Daviess County Farm Bureau Board of Directors consists of 18 members, 3 ex-officio members and a county secretary.

 

The insurance department of Daviess County Farm Bureau has also been outstanding. It has grown by leaps and bounds, offering all types of insurance coverage: Life, Health, Home, Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, etc.

The Daviess County Farm Bureau is always at your service and they strive to reach our entire county as they continue to grow and serve.

KFB Spotlight

Mark Haney Re-elected President of Kentucky Farm Bureau
December 4, 2017
Mark Haney Re-elected President of Kentucky Farm Bureau

Voting delegates at the 98th Annual Meeting of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation re-elected Pulaski County farmer Mr. Mark Haney as president of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) on the concluding day of the organization’s meeting. Also re-elected were Webster County’s Mr. Eddie Melton as First Vice-President and Hart County’s Mr. Fritz Giesecke as Second Vice-President. They comprise KFB’s Executive Committee along with Executive Vice President Mr. David S. Beck.

Ben and Katie Furnish named Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2017 Outstanding Young Farm Family
December 1, 2017
Ben and Katie Furnish named Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2017 Outstanding Young Farm Family

Ben and Katie Furnish of Harrison County were honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 2017 “Outstanding Young Farm Family” during the organization’s 98th annual meeting in Louisville. Each year KFB awards this distinction to a couple, under the age of 35, who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and the community.

Jack Roberts recognized for Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau
December 1, 2017
Jack Roberts recognized for Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau

Jack Roberts of Wayne County has dedicated his life to his family and farm while also serving Farm Bureau at the local and state levels, as well as his community in a multitude of capacities. Because of that service, Roberts has been named winner of the 2017 Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau Award and honored at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 98th annual meeting at the Galt House Hotel.