County Farm Bureaus boost membership in 2016
(SAN ANTONIO, Texas)—County Farm Bureaus across the Lone Star State were recognized for membership achievements during the Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 83rd Annual Meeting Dec. 4 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.
“Texas Farm Bureau continues to remain a strong, united voice for farmers and ranchers across the Lone Star State,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “We’ve had 16 consecutive years of membership growth, attracting rural and urban folks, thanks to the efforts of our county Farm Bureaus. Together, we are growing a bigger and brighter Texas and a better understanding of agriculture.”
Statewide, Farm Bureau membership showed a gain of 617 for a total of 519,119 member-families. Of the 206 organized county Farm Bureaus, 135 counties recorded a membership gain this year.
County Farm Bureaus signing the most new members included the following: Collin County, 1,828; Brazoria-Galveston County, 1,823; Fort Bend County, 1,459; Harris County, 1,380; McLennan County, 1,249; Jefferson County, 1,211; Ellis County, 1,174; Grayson County, 1,011; Bexar County, 944; and Bell County, 939.
County Farm Bureaus reporting the largest total membership gain included the following: Grayson County, 343; Gregg County, 295; Brazoria-Galveston County, 279; Wilson County, 253; Johnson County, 216; Bexar County, 188; Robertson County, 179; Smith County, 165; Kendall County, 163; and McLennan County, 158.
The highest membership renewal percentages were achieved by the following: Throckmorton County, 96.30 percent; Yoakum County, 94.86 percent; Dickens County, 94.00 percent; Coleman County, 93.71 percent; San Saba County, 93.65 percent; Motley County, 93.55 percent; Collingsworth County, 93.43 percent; Gonzales County, 93.26 percent; Kimble County, 93.15 percent; and Mills County, 92.98 percent.
County Farm Bureaus with the largest membership include: Collin County, 13,487; Brazoria-Galveston County, 12,393; Fort Bend County, 10,921; Jefferson County, 10,017; Harris County, 8,841; Ellis County, 8,739; McLennan County, 8,004; Bell County 7,187; Bexar County 7,018; and Nueces County, 6,771.
County Farm Bureaus with the longest continuous gain in membership include: DeWitt County, 67 years; Franklin County, 36 years; Erath County, 30 years; Live Oak County, 30 years; Henderson County, 27 years; and the following were recognized for 25 years: Atascosa County, Bell County, Comal County, Gillespie County, Hill County, Medina County, Navarro County and Tyler County.