News - KFB tops 500,000 membership mark
- November 01, 2010
Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) reached a new level of success this October as it surpassed the half-million membership mark for the first time in the organization’s 91-year history. Attracting 500,316 member families in fiscal year 2010, KFB increased its membership total from last year by 16,964 and became just the third Farm Bureau in the country to eclipse the half-million member family level.
“This is a tremendous day in the history of Kentucky Farm Bureau,” said Mark Haney, president of KFB. “It took the dedication and efforts of each and every one of our employees, staff, agents and volunteer leaders during the past 91 years to achieve the 500,000 member family milestone.”
In the march towards a half-million member families, increases were reported from 110 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Today, nearly one out of every three Kentucky households is a member of KFB.
“We are grateful to our member families for driving us to such unprecedented heights,” added Haney. “Because of the trust they have placed in Kentucky Farm Bureau, our organization has become not only the number one provider of property and casualty insurance in the state, but it is also widely recognized as ‘The voice of Kentucky agriculture.’”
Officially assembling as the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in November 1919, the organization began its steady march to 500,000 with an initial membership of nearly 7,000. The membership foundation that was laid more than nine decades ago, combined with the creation of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company in 1944, launched KFB into phenomenal growth. In addition to setting the new historical high for total member families, 2010 represents the 49th consecutive year that KFB has increased its membership totals.
Standing the test of time, and flourishing throughout it, the organization remains true to its root mission. KFB is a voluntary organization of farm families and their allies dedicated to serving as the voice of agriculture by identifying problems, developing solutions and taking actions which will improve net farm income, achieve better economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all.