About Farm Bureau
Become a Farm Bureau member
We have three types of memberships:
- Voting members are those who receive a majority of their income from a farm or ranch.
- Associate members are those who belong to NDFB to show their support for agriculture.
- Supporting members are members of agribusiness who wish to support the ideals of NDFB. It is our newest category
For individual family memberships, North Dakota Farm Bureau yearly dues are $50. The membership year begins in October and runs through the following September.
If you are an invidual working in the field of agribusiness, supplying goods and services to North Dakota farmers and ranchers, we invite you to become a Supporting Member of North Dakota Farm Bureau.
This new membership category was approved by North Dakota Farm Bureau members to show support for individuals in agribusiness who want to support Farm Bureau.
Yearly dues are $125. Click here to learn more about the benefits this type of membership provides.
Click here for an associate or voting membership form.
Click here for a supporting member membership form.
The founders of North Dakota Farm Bureau believed that if individuals were allowed to progress to the fullest of their capabilities, abilities and ambition, a strong nation would result.
In 1941, three farmers - Wilfred A. Plath of Davenport, B.E. Groom of Langdon and Roy Johnson of Casselton - met with a representative of American Farm Bureau to make plans for an organizational meeting.
On November 14, 1941, that organizational meeting was held at the Gardner Hotel in Fargo. An organization committee of 14 individuals was selected to explain the objective and policies of Farm Bureau as a forerunner to the campaign for charter members.
It was not an easy task. Members of the committee had to devote hours and hours meeting with farmers at the local and county level. But a steadfast belief in the organization's principles drove the enthusiasm of the committee, and a year later, on November 19-20, 1942, Farm Bureau officially organized in Valley City.
Charter members from 21 county Farm Bureaus represented the voting body at that first meeting.
Today, the organization has more than 27,000 members, and 50 organized county Farm Bureaus. The foundation on which the organization was built - a grassroots, member-driven structure - remains solid. Without the volunteers, the individuals on the local level who bring forth the concerns and ideas, the system would not work.
America's unparalleled progress is based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts.
Economic progress, cultural advancement, ethical and religious principles flourish best where people are free, responsible individuals.
Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed "security."
We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege.
We believe in the representative form of government -- a republic -- as provided in our Constitution, in limitations on government power, in maintenance of equal opportunity, in the right of each individual to freedom of worship and in freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly.
We believe that the basic principles of Americanism -- with emphasis upon freedom, dignity and the responsibility of the individual, and our private competitive enterprise system -- should be taught in the schools.
Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles.
People have the right and the responsibility to speak for themselves individually or through organizations of their choice without coercion or government intervention.
Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom.
We believe in the right of every person to choose an occupation; to be rewarded according to his/her contribution to society; to save, invest or spend; and to convey his/her property to heirs. Each person has the responsibility to meet financial obligations incurred.
We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals.
We support the right of private organizations to require membership as a prerequisite for member services.