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History

McLean County Farm Bureau – 100 Years Strong

Fueled by an interest in improving agriculture, a group of local farmers founded what would become McLean County Farm Bureau on April 13, 1914.

Initially called McLean County Better Farming Association, the organization tackled farm challenges and worked to improve rural life. The name was changed to Farm Bureau in 1920 to achieve consistency with other county organizations joined together under the umbrella of Illinois Farm Bureau, formed in 1919.

Today, McLean County Farm Bureau remains dedicated to serving the interests of farmers and farmland owners and providing benefits to members.

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Century of Service

McLean County Farm Bureau’s history is woven together with a strong thread of community service. Our legacy of leadership contributed to the growth and development of several organizations that continue to serve our county:

  • Evergreen FS – started by Farm Bureau as ‘McLean County Service Company’ in 1926 to improve farmer’s access to fuel and other farm inputs
  • Pioneer FBFM – created in 1924 in partnership with Woodford, Tazewell and Livingston counties to assist farmers with record keeping and financial management
  • McLean County Fair – Farm Bureau established the local fair association and has provided a home for the county fair since 1934. Today, McLean County Farm Bureau board members also serve as the Board of Directors for the fair.
  • Corn Belt Energy – Farm Bureau jump started rural electrification efforts and helped sign members to Corn Belt Energy Cooperative, formed in 1938
  • McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District – initially created in 1941 to help farmers reduce soil erosion, the district  provides technical assistance and funding  to help farmers protect environmental quality

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