American Farm Bureau Federation
(AFBF)
   Established in 1919 as a federation of state bureaus, the AFBF represented 36 states and developed from the farm extension programs established during World War I to disseminate more widely scientific and technical advances in agriculture. It established lobbies at state and federal levels to promote agricultural interests and by 1930, with a membership of 163,000, it was the most important farm organization. It was to have considerable influence on the New Deal. The aim of the AFBF was to achieve “parity,” meaning restoring the purchasing power of farmers to pre-World War I levels. It supported the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 and again in 1938. However, it tended to argue that the Department of Agriculture should work primarily in the interests of farmers rather than for the greater good of the country as a whole. By the end of the 1940s, membership in the AFBF had risen to 1.3 million.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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