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 has out-grown their previous new building located at 3062 Parrish Avenue, causing a new "State of the Art" building to be erected in 2003, at 3329 Wathens Crossing, in Owensboro. They now have over 7300 members. There is a board of directors consisting 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 office staff now consists of the agency manager, 4 agents, receptionist, and 7 secretaries/CSRs.
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.
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