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 name was changed in 1920 to achieve consistency with other county organizations that joined together to form, which was founded in 1919.
Today, McLean County Farm Bureau remains dedicated to advocating for agriculture and providing services to members.
McLean County Farm Bureau’s 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 & 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, the McLean County Farm Bureau board members also serve as the Board of Directors for the fair.
- Corn Belt Energy – Farm Bureau helped jump start rural electrification efforts and helped sign members to Corn Belt Energy Cooperative, formed in 1938.
- McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District – initially created in 1941 to help farmers reduce soil erosion
McLean County Farm Bureau celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary April 13, 2014.
For more history, check out our 100th Anniversary Newsprint