County Farm Bureaus boost membership in 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—County Farm Bureaus across the state were recognized for membership achievements in a number of categories during the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) 80th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.
“The strength of Farm Bureau starts at the county level where our leaders’ passion for agriculture and rural Texas fuels the growth of the organization,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “Each county helped us reach 500,000 member families, which is a major milestone in Texas Farm Bureau history.”
Statewide, Farm Bureau membership showed a gain of 19,599 for a total of 503,486 member families. Of the 206 organized county Farm Bureaus, 183 recorded a membership gain this year.
County Farm Bureaus signing the most new members included the following: Collin County, 2,562; Brazoria-Galveston County, 1,810; Fort Bend County, 1,627; McLennan County, 1,486; Harris County, 1,355; Ellis County, 1,313; Jefferson County, 1,237; Johnson County, 1,029; Nueces County, 968; and Bell County, 957.
County Farm Bureaus reporting the largest total membership gain included the following: Collin County, 851; Brazoria-Galveston County, 754; San Patricio County, 754; McLennan County, 649; Ellis County, 575; Fort Bend County, 493; Johnson County, 493; Nueces County, 462; Harris County, 430; and Gregg County, 402.
The highest membership renewal percentages were achieved by the following: San Patricio County, 104.42 percent; Gonzales County, 95.09 percent; Calhoun County, 94.65 percent; Wilson County, 94.13 percent; Crosby County, 94.02 percent; Carson County, 93.93 percent; Archer County, 93.90 percent; Mason County, 93.89 percent; Collingsworth County, 93.65 percent; and Cottle-King County, 93.65 percent.
County Farm Bureaus with the largest membership include: Collin County, 14,347; Brazoria-Galveston County, 10,922; Fort Bend County, 10,281; Jefferson County, 9,869; Harris County, 8,282; Ellis County, 8,248; McLennan County, 7,679; Bell County, 6,707; Bexar County, 6,684; and Kaufman County, 6,644.
County Farm Bureaus with the longest continuous gain in membership include: DeWitt County, 64 years; Franklin County, 33 years; Erath County, 27 years; Live Oak County, 27 years; Henderson County, 24 years; and Atascosa, Bell, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Hill, Medina, Navarro and Tyler counties, each with 22 years.