MA 26




1.0 linear feet (1 records center box)


South Dakota Farm Bureau is an agriculture organization that serves its members by working to improve the personal, social, economic and political interests of South Dakota’s farm and ranch families. The collection is composed of records of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation and associated groups. Records include minutes, publications, reports, and other materials.

Historical Note

The South Dakota Farm Bureau is one of the oldest farmers' organizations in South Dakota. Work at the county level began as early as 1913, and the state Farm Bureau Federation was formed in 1917. At first, the Farm Bureau was closely associated with the Cooperative Extension Service, but by 1935, the association dissipated.

The South Dakota Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company formerly provided another member service of the Farm Bureau Federation. This federation owned company provided insurance to members. In July 1999, it merged with the Iowa Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and ceased to exist.

The South Dakota Farm Bureau Service Company is a for-profit corporation owned and operated by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation.

Content Notes

This collection is composed of records of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation and associated groups.

The County series consists of a small amount of material from the Brookings County, Codington County and Hamlin County Farm Bureaus. Included are reports and minutes.

The Federation records are composed of committee files, minutes, publications, clippings, bylaws, financial records and historical information. The Committees material is composed mainly of minutes of the various committees within the Farm Bureau Federation. Included are minutes of the Executive Committee, Women's Committee, and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The General files include bylaws of the Federation, clippings, financial material, and histories of several county Farm Bureaus throughout South Dakota. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order. The Meeting minutes are composed of meeting minutes of the Farm Bureau Federation dating from 1964-1995. Minutes from several smaller committees are also included. The Publications are composed of Ag Leader, a monthly periodical published by the Farm Bureau that reports on activities of the Bureau.

The Mutual Insurance Company series consists of minutes for a meeting held in 1968, bylaws and agreements. The General files are composed of bylaws and agreements between the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, Rural Security Life Insurance Company and the South Dakota Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. The minutes are composed of minutes from a meeting held in 1968.

The Service Company series consists of meeting minutes.

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