County Farm Bureaus boost membership in 2014
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas)—County Farm Bureaus across the state were recognized for membership achievements in a number of categories during the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) 81st annual meeting Dec. 7 at the American Bank Center.
“This was another great year for Texas Farm Bureau membership, thanks to the efforts of our county Farm Bureaus,” TFB President Kenneth Dierschke said. “The value of Farm Bureau begins at the local level. Our county leaders’ passion for agriculture and rural Texas has attracted many new member families across the state.”
Statewide, Farm Bureau membership showed a gain of 10,266 for a total of 513,752 member families. Of the 206 organized county Farm Bureaus, 162 recorded a membership gain this year.
County Farm Bureaus signing the most new members included the following: Collin County, 2,111; Brazoria-Galveston County, 1,774; Fort Bend County, 1,616; Harris County, 1,515; Jefferson County, 1,290; Ellis County, 1,202; McLennan County, 1,128; Nueces County, 1,025; Bell County, 931; and Kaufman County, 925.
County Farm Bureaus reporting the largest total membership gain included the following: Brazoria-Galveston County, 594; Fort Bend County, 579; Harris County, 551; San Patricio County, 545; Ellis County, 384; Nueces County, 356; Johnson County, 310; Smith County, 309; Kaufman County, 267; and Travis County, 248.
The highest membership renewal percentages were achieved by the following: San Patricio County, 100.09 percent; Dickens County, 98.92 percent; Lavaca County, 93.67 percent; Swisher County, 93.33 percent; Childress County, 93.31 percent; San Saba County, 93.20 percent; Llano County, 93.14 percent; Milam County, 93.10 percent; Fayette County, 93.01 percent; and Mills County, 92.74 percent.
County Farm Bureaus with the largest membership include: Collin County, 14,585; Brazoria-Galveston County, 11,516; Fort Bend County, 10,860; Jefferson County, 10,001; Harris County, 8,833; Ellis County, 8,632; McLennan County, 7,793; Kaufman County, 6,911; Nueces County, 6,872; and Bell County, 6,802.
County Farm Bureaus with the longest continuous gain in membership include: DeWitt County, 65 years; Franklin County, 34 years; Erath County, 28 years; Live Oak County, 28 years; Henderson County, 25 years; and Atascosa, Bell, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Hill, Medina, Navarro and Tyler counties, each with 23 years.