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What is the cost of an annual membership?

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$35.00 annually

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Why do I have to pay for a membership fee to obtain an insurance policy?

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Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation was organized more than 95 years ago to give farmers an effective voice in public policy matters. From the beginning, the dues system of financing Farm Bureau programs has been an integral part of its philosophical underpinnings.  As the organization has grown, and its membership base has broadened and become more diverse, the focus on its programs has expended as well.  The dues income from the members of Kentucky Farm Bureau make it possible for the voluntary leaders and staff to carry out a full range of activities that promote and educate about agriculture in our community, therefore carrying forward the initial mission of the organization upon its inception.

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What is the benefit of membership?

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There are many benefits to membership.  Of course, the most visible and by far the most popular Farm Bureau Benefit is our Insurance Program.  Our state organization, Kentucky Farm Bureau has many discount programs through state-wide companies, ranging from discounts on hotel rooms, rental cars, dell computers, etc.  At the County level, Fayette County has a local discount program as well where local businesses have signed on with our company to offer our members a discount on goods & services.  For a complete listing of all these discounts and vendors offering goods & services please click the membership tab. Both Kentucky Farm Bureau and Fayette County offer scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarship page for the latest opportunities or give us a call

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Can I become a member to support your mission without taking out an insurance policy?

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Absolutely, and we welcome anyone who has an interest in our food & fiber system either directly or indirectly to consider becoming a member of our organization. For $35.00 annually you can help us to continue creating programs that teach leadership to youth and adults, educate the public about where their food comes from, provide Ag in the classroom materials to teachers etc. We support ALL aspects of agriculture so we cover a very board base of the industry. If you love our beautiful city and all the scenic views, please consider joining our organization to help us keep educating our population about the importance of agriculture is to our economy.

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I just paid my membership dues, why am I getting billed again?

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Your membership dues are handled in a separate department from your insurance premium.  The membership billing cycle is based on a calendar year and not retroactive on the date of inception of your insurance policy.  Therefore, all memberships are billed one-time a year (mid- November) and due by December 31st.  Please keep in mind that you have to maintain a current paid membership to keep your insurance policies from canceling each year.

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What do your classifications of membership mean on my bill of “regular”, “associate”, “farm business”, non-farm business?”

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            A “regular” member is classified as any member that derives 20% or more of their income from farming. These members are then eligible to have voting privileges at our State Annual meeting in December each year as well as hold a seat on our County Board, as long as they comply with our counties Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.

An “associate” member is any member that derives less than 20% of their income form farming and/ or has not tie to agriculture.  These members do not receive voting privileges at the State Annual Meeting or are eligible to hold a seat on our Board.

“Farm Business” members are those who own or operate under a farm name. These members do not receive voting privileges at the State Annual Meeting or are eligible to hold a seat on our Board.

“Non-Farm Business” members are those who own and operate their own business and have no association to agriculture. These members do not receive voting privileges at the State Annual Meeting or are eligible to hold a seat on our Board.

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What are the membership dues used for?

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The breakdown of the $35 dues is as follows.  $4.00 goes to our National Organization, American Farm Bureau for them to carry forward their mission of supporting agriculture nationally, $10.50 goes to our State organization, Kentucky Farm Bureau to help with programs and activities across the state and $20.50 stays in our county for our Board to facilitate programs and activities in our community educating about agriculture, providing leadership opportunities and offering scholarships.