Many times we are misunderstood because the name Colorado Farm Bureau is somewhat of a misnomer. We aren’t a “bureau.” We are much more than “farms,” and we represent all Coloradans.
At its heart, Colorado Farm Bureau exists to insure the success of farming, ranching and our shared rural heritage in the state of Colorado.
Founded in 1919 by a group of farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, rural doctors, shopkeepers and tradesmen, the Colorado Farm Bureau sought to protect the Colorado Way of Life and insure that generations of Coloradans could grow up to know what a special place our state is.
Despite our differences, agriculture is our common bond. It makes no difference whether you live in the city, or suburbs and only think about agriculture when you fly over it. You need agriculture as much as it needs you.
If you like to eat, drink and drive your car every day, you have a vested interest in the success or failure of family farms and ranches in this state. For generations the Colorado farms and ranches have produced the safe, wholesome food that feeds Colorado families every day.
Colorado Farm Bureau wants to keep it that way. We work to preserve the Colorado Way of Life.
Colorado Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation were originally formed in 1919 with the purpose to make the business of farming more profitable, and the community a better place to live. Farm Bureau provides an organization in which members may secure the benefits of united efforts in a way which could never be accomplished through individual effort.
To correlate and strengthen the member county Farm Bureaus; support the free enterprise system and protect individual freedom and opportunity; promote, protect and represent the business, economic, social and educational interests of farmer/rancher members and their communities; and to enhance the agricultural industry in Colorado.
Farm Bureau is truly unique in that it provides the opportunity for members to gather at the county level, discuss their concerns, and develop ways to resolve their problems. The farmer/rancher members make final decisions regarding the policy direction of the organization on issues such as property rights, water quality, water rights, taxes, government regulations, use of public lands, the environment and many others. Colorado Farm Bureau members have full-time representation on both state and national issues in order to carry out Farm Bureau policies.
In addition to working on the issues there are many other programs that the organization carries out and in which members may become involved. These programs include the Young Farmer and Rancher program, Women’s Committee, Ag in the Classroom, Political Education, Farm Safety, and consumer education along with local affairs and other specific informational programs. They are designed to develop volunteer’s leadership skills, promote agriculture and provide information to members and the public.
Anyone in Colorado can be a Farm Bureau member. Agriculture is an important part of Colorado’s economy ranking third in contribution to wealth in the state. No matter where you live or what you do, agriculture has a profound impact on your life.