September 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Andy Lucas, 478-474-0679, ext. 5237, email@example.com
GEORGIA FARM BUREAU INCREASES MEMBERSHIP
MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) expanded its overall membership in fiscal year 2015. Statewide GFB has 309,378 member families, up from 301,945 in 2014.
“I’d like to thank all of our county Farm Bureau staff and volunteers who have worked hard this summer to recruit new members and retain existing members,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “We couldn’t have done this without everyone pitching in.”
Bibb County achieved the largest number of new members and gained the largest percentage of new members.
Across the state, 150 county Farm Bureaus increased their membership.
The increase in membership classifies Georgia as a “quota” state; quota states are recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the membership increase also contributes to GFB’s eligibility for other national awards given by AFBF.
The membership numbers are important because GFB is a grassroots organization, drawing its strength as the voice of Georgia farmers from its membership. Members at the local level initiate the organization’s policy – the guidelines it follows in pursuing government support for agriculture.
“A lot of organizations are ‘top-down’ organizations in that their leadership drives everything they do,” Duvall said. “We pride ourselves on being a ‘bottom-up’ organization. We take our direction from what our members want.”
GFB continues to offer a collection of member benefits that far exceed the value of the $25 annual membership dues. While GFB welcomes the chance to offer its popular insurance products, insurance enrollment is not required to be a member. Benefits include travel discounts, special deals on health and wellness programs, discounted family entertainment, banking services and of course a comprehensive insurance program.
For a complete listing of GFB member benefits visit www.gfb.org/benefits. To join Georgia Farm Bureau contact a local county Farm Bureau office. A directory of GFB county offices can be found at www.gfb.org/contactus. For more information, call 800-633-5432.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.