During World War I, County Farm Councils were organized in nearly every county in Oklahoma. Shortly before the 1920s began, northern and eastern states converted the councils to County Bureaus of Agriculture. The main purpose of these organizations was to give farmers and ranchers the opportunity to learn new farming techniques and information from agricultural colleges and experiment stations, often creating local demonstration farms. The idea behind such of an organization at the time was to increase the production of farms across the nation to meet the wartime demand. Representatives from these county bureaus would soon form the American Farm Bureau Federation.