What do the implementation of daylight savings time, legalization of Sunday baseball, end of WWI and creation of Iowa Farm Bureau all have in common? They all happened in 1918.

The motivation to create Farm Bureau back then was simple; a group of farmers united to strengthen themselves, their families and their state. A lot has changed since 1918, but our commitment to the people, progress and pride of Iowa remains. There’s no better proof of that commitment than Farm Bureau’s decades-long investment in Iowa’s youth.

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Voicing your support for Iowa’s students is one thing; backing up that support is another.

  • Farm Bureau awards roughly $500,000 in scholarships each year.
  • Iowa Farm Bureau is title sponsor of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, as well as a committed sponsor and supporter of youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.
  • Iowa Farm Bureau sponsors the annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program, which recognizes nearly 400 of Iowa’s best students each year.
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Beyond funding, Iowa Farm Bureau is a leading proponent of agricultural literacy. As important as agriculture was to Iowa in 1918, it might be even more important today, which means that today’s students need to understand ag’s importance to our state and their future ( agriculture accounts for 1 in 5 Iowa jobs). That’s why Farm Bureau is a founding supporter of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) and Ag in The Classroom (AITC) – initiatives to incorporate agriculture into Iowa’s classrooms and other learning environments.

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Farming starts with a seed, a piglet, or a calf. Farmers know that creating a suitable environment and nourishing a plant or animal in its early stages lead to success, so it’s not surprising that Iowa’s largest grassroots farm organization invests in the progress of young men and women who will lead our state for decades to come.

How ‘bout you? How are you working to make Iowa stronger, individually or as part of an organization like Farm Bureau? We’d love to hear the story of how you are making Iowa stronger – share it here or via #ACenturyStrong on Twitter or Instagram!

By Baillee Furst. Baillee is Iowa Farm Bureau’s Digital Marketing Intern.