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Wadena County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

The Wadena County Farm Bureau will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

On March 6, 1918, the Wadena County Farm Bureau was legally incorporated with a constitution and bylaws for the purpose of, "developing and fostering the agricultural, social and commercial interest of the citizens of the county by the creation and development of cordial and friendly relations between all residents thereof, by encouraging and aiding the organization of social and business clubs within the various villages and businesses of the county."

Memberships cost $2 and half went to the National and State Farm Bureau organizations. Potatoes were the main cash crop in Wadena County until 1925. The local weather forecast system began when a county agent was able to get the word out to local farmers to protect their field pits of harvested potatoes because a freeze was coming that night.

In 1918, 243 families and businesses were counted as members and in 1925 this had grown to 537.

In 1925 dairying became the main industry and Farm Bureau provided education and worked with farmers to maximize their income potential. Farm Bureau was connected with Extension and 4H in the early years. In 1936, in spite of Wadena County falling on hard times due to drought and depression, Sebeka businessmen sponsored a picnic for Farm Bureau and 4H members. It was reported as the largest picnic in the history of Wadena County.

In 1952, the ties to Extension were severed. Farm Bureau continues to lobby for agricultural interests and offer many member services, even as the numbers of farmers decline and membership numbers decrease. As a grassroots organization, resolutions are initiated at the county level and adopted as policy if approved on the State and National levels.

The Wadena County Farm Bureau will celebrate at the Spring Banquet at Ted and gen's in Aldrich on Thursday, April 5. Entertainment will be James Wedgewood.

To order tickets or for more information, call (218) 631-4545.