SANDY - The Utah Farm Bureau has marked a membership milestone.
The Utah Farm Bureau has surpassed both its state and national membership goals for 2010. The new year-end figures mean the organization increased its membership by 9.6 percent.
"I am both happy and proud to announce that as the Utah Farm Bureau closed out its membership year, it was 29,799 member families strong--the most it has ever had," said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF).
"This achievement is due to the combined efforts and hard work of our county Farm Bureau volunteer leaders, office and field staff, and our Farm Bureau insurance agents," Hogan said.
"This is really a milestone day for the Utah Farm Bureau because it reinforces the fact that despite the challenging economic times, Utahns recognize the value of the state's agricultural economy and are willing to support the organizations that represent our family farmers and ranchers," said Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer for UFBF.
Also members from Utah's 28 County Farm Bureaus met Nov. 18-19, to select leaders for the state's largest farming and ranching organization. Delegates re-elected Summit County sheep rancher Steve Osguthorpe to another two-year term as vice-president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.
Scott Sandall, a cattle rancher and dryland farmer from Tremonton, Box Elder County was elected to the state board of directors for District 1, replacing longtime board member John Ferry, who retired from the board at the convention.
Flint Richards, a dairyman from Erda, Tooele County; Scott Chew, a sheep rancher and farmer from Jensen, Uintah County, and Nan Bunker, a hay farmer from Delta, Millard County were all re-elected to two-year terms on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Cody & Heidi Wayment from Weber County and Jared & Cassie Lyman from Garfield County were selected to be on the state Young Farmer & Rancher committee.
The Farm Bureau's mission is to help keep agriculture viable throughout the Beehive state. This is carried out in a variety of ways, including legislative representation, working closely with the state's regulatory agencies, helping farmers with financial decisions, educating young people about the importance of domestic food security and developing new agricultural enterprises.
The organization is also known for its wide range of membership services, including public policy advocacy, product discounts, competitive insurance rates and face-to-face service.
Its mission is to improve economic opportunities for the state's farmers and ranchers, ensure America's food security, protect the natural resources of our state, and improve the overall quality of life in the state and nation through political action, educational and informational means. The Farm Bureau is a non-partisan, voluntary organization, and its efforts are based on grassroots policies developed by members at the local, county, state and national levels. It is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world's largest general farm organization, with more than 6.2 million family members in 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to the Utah Farm Bureau Web site at http://utfb.fb.org or connect with the 'Utah Farm Bureau' group on Facebook.com, on Twitter.com under the name @MountainFarmer or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/utahfarmer.