The Oregon Farm Bureau has ties in Oregon dating back to 1919, before being officially founded as a statewide organization in Utamilla County in 1932. Its first president was local shepherd Mac Hoke, and the Bureau’s first official action item was to educate farmers in the region who were using inefficient wheat-growing practices about the latest technology in wheat cultivation.
Since then, the organization has grown to include 7,000 member families professionally engaged in the industry and a total membership of over 60,000 Oregon families, making the OFB Oregon’s largest general agriculture organization. The OFB is a voluntary, grassroots, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.
The OFB operates under a public set of principals to benefit Oregon Farmers. As Oregon’s largest general farm organization, its primary goal is to promote educational improvement, economic opportunity, and social advancement for its members and the farming, ranching, and natural resources industry as a whole. Among Farm Bureau’s core principles are voluntary membership; open, democratic, and transparent processes of governing, finance, and policymaking; equal opportunity; the importance of family; and above all, power resting in the hands of voting members.
The OFB currently has operations running at multiple levels of government and operates as a network of different chapters. The county Farm Bureau is the foundation for Farm Bureau at the state and national levels. Oregon has 32 organized, active county Farm Bureaus covering all 36 Oregon counties. Each county Farm Bureau has its own board and officers and is a vital link between the organization’s membership, its policy development, and implementation efforts.