South Dakota Farm Bureau Records

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MA 026

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South Dakota Farm Bureau Records


  • 1914-1995 (Creation)


1.0 linear feet (1 records center box)

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The South Dakota Farm Bureau is one of the oldest farmers' organizations in South Dakota. Work at the county level began as early as 1913, and the state Farm Bureau Federation was formed in 1917. At first, the Farm Bureau was closely associated with the Cooperative Extension Service, but by 1935, the association dissipated. / The South Dakota Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company formerly provided another member service of the Farm Bureau Federation. This federation owned company provided insurance to members. In July 1999, it merged with the Iowa Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and ceased to exist. The South Dakota Farm Bureau Service Company is a for-profit corporation owned and operated by the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation.

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Scope and content

This collection is composed of records of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation and associated groups.
The County series consists of a small amount of material from the Brookings County, Codington County and Hamlin County Farm Bureaus. Included are reports and minutes.
The Federation records are composed of committee files, minutes, publications, clippings, bylaws, financial records and historical information. The Committees material is composed mainly of minutes of the various committees within the Farm Bureau Federation. Included are minutes of the Executive Committee, Women's Committee, and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The General files include bylaws of the Federation, clippings, financial material, and histories of several county Farm Bureaus throughout South Dakota. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order. The Meeting minutes are composed of meeting minutes of the Farm Bureau Federation dating from 1964-1995. Minutes from several smaller committees are also included. The Publications are composed of Ag Leader, a monthly periodical published by the Farm Bureau that reports on activities of the Bureau.
The Mutual Insurance Company series consists of minutes for a meeting held in 1968, bylaws and agreements. The General files are composed of bylaws and agreements between the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, Rural Security Life Insurance Company and the South Dakota Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. The minutes are composed of minutes from a meeting held in 1968.
The Service Company series consists of meeting minutes.

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This collection is arranged into series:

  • County Farm Bureau records
  • Federation records
  • Mutual Insurance Company records
  • Service Company records

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Conditions governing access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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Related archival materials

South Dakota Bureau farming, South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation
Huron, S.D., South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, 1946-
Call number: SD Collection: 630.78305 So87 Oversize

South Dakota Farm Bureau’s Ag leader, South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation
Huron, S.D. : South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation, 1982-
Call number: SD Collection: 630.7305 So85

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MA 26

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