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The Texas Farm Bureau story


Kenneth Dierschke, Texas Farm Bureau President

Kenneth Dierschke
Texas Farm Bureau

We're committed to providing a voice for farmers, ranchers, rural citizens and everyone interested in preserving and protecting this way of life. The pages of this site tell our story.

I look forward to addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This site will remain dedicated to keeping members up-to-date on the latest issues of concern to our livelihoods.

I remember my father telling me, "You need to be involved in Farm Bureau. They’re a very good tool." I heeded his advice and, with the strength of over 500,000 members, know that others share this same sentiment. Together, we can provide America with safe and wholesome food. Reap the benefits of becoming another voice for Texas agriculture.

Click here to read more about President Dierschke.

A little history

The modern Texas Farm Bureau was founded in 1933, and grew from a fledgling organization to one of the largest groups of farmers, ranchers and rural families in the world. TFB is totally controlled by its members and financed by voluntary dues. Service companies were developed to serve members' interests, and today, members enjoy the dual benefits of political representation and solid pocketbook savings.

One of Farm Bureau's most important principles is that of grassroots policy development. Policies always originate at the member level and are debated and adopted at the county, state and national levels. Legislative staffs in Austin and Washington, D.C. work to implement Farm Bureau policy and keep lawmakers informed on agricultural and rural issues.


Where we've been...

The History of Texas Farm Bureau A few accomplishments from Texas Farm Bureau history:

  • Agricultural exemptions from ad valorem taxation
  • Texas' superb farm-to-market road system
  • Sales tax exemptions for machinery, feed, seed and fertilizer
  • Refunds of state and federal taxes on farm used fuel
  • Reform of inheritance and gift tax laws
  • Protection of property rights
  • Reduction of regulatory burden for agriculture
  • Research and implementation of animal health programs

  • Where we're going...

    The History of Texas Farm Bureau These are some of the goals of Farm Bureau:

  • Achieve an economic climate that will improve net farm income
  • Enhance public perception of agriculture
  • Promote free and fair trade
  • Preserve individual freedoms
  • Work toward a smaller, more efficient federal government
  • Work for strong local and state government
  • Promote a fair tax system
  • Balance the federal budget