During the early years of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, the number of voters nationwide was a concern. OKFB reported that only 51 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in the 1948 presidential election. The American Farm Bureau Federation suggested the use of educational programs and contests to increase the number of voters, particularly in rural areas.
By Dan Arnold, OKFB executive secretary, published in the first issue of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farmer magazine in June 1949
Farm Bureau is a Service Organization, and is now the only Farmers Organization through which nation-wide farm thinking and united action can be reflected for him and his family.
By John I. Taylor, first OKFB president, and published in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farmer in December 1951
I am a human being living in a land of unlimited horizon. Having been born here, or journeyed here by choice, matters little, but the fact that my life and living are here is of great importance.
Did you know Grant County Farm Bureau once had an agent who sold insurance by air? Stanley Smrcka was featured in the May 1953 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Journal for his unique, high-flying techniques. Read more about Smrcka and his farming background in the published article below.
Why should farmers join Farm Bureau? The first charter members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau were asked this question frequently when they visited neighbors and friends about signing up as a member. Just in case you’re curious about their answers, here are 30 reasons why a farmer should be a member, published in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau News in the October 1945 issue:
From the very beginning, county Farm Bureaus have met every year at annual county meetings to discuss potential policies for the upcoming year. Ever wonder what members talked about during the early years? Here’s a sample, straight from John I. Taylor, OKFB president from 1942-1953.