Membership Delivers For You
Support American Farmers and Ranchers
Join National Farmers as an Associate Member
At National Farmers, we’re proud to represent a diverse group of dairy, grain and livestock producers. Thousands of people together make this an organization of farmers, for farmers. National Farmers has been representing farm interests since 1950, in the policy arena and in the agricultural marketplace.
Today, many people across America know more about their food choices, respect farmers more deeply and want to preserve and protect independent and family agriculture in our country. And, as a group of people on agricultural operations, we’re proud to provide food and feed for America and the world. When you become an associate, non-farming member of National Farmers, you support American farmers and programs that help them succeed. Join us today.
Why support this farm organization?
Farmers Feed Us
National Farmers members established their operations to take care of you. And they’re doing a good job. Think of the diversity, consistency and quality of food available today. Because of that quality food and their safe, wholesome practices, farmers and ranchers have earned the trust of America’s food industry, and appreciate the ability to keep answering the call to feed a hungry world, with a quickly multiplying global population estimated at 9 billion by 2050.
Farmers Are Good Stewards
Farmers and ranchers in the U.S. care about soil, water, air and habitat quality, just like everyone else, except their appreciation is 24/7, 365, plus time and financial investments. Their care for their animals is top-notch, using the very best animal science, nutrition and care knowledge, and an eye on their livestock every single day. They institute exemplary conservation practices, too, such as filter strips, crop rotation, cover crops, low-till and no-till crop farming and more. And farmland provides some of the best wildlife habitat in the country.
Farmers Are Legacy Builders
Farmers want to pass their farms on to the next generation in their family, and 97 percent of America’s farms are family-owned. Many youth raised on the farm share the dream. As land values rise, retirement needs loom and the farm economy presents challenges, this can become a real challenge. Still, ag producers overwhelmingly prefer to find a place for their kids in the family business as adults, or for other partners and successors in their place, and they plan ahead to do exactly that.
Few Farmers, Big Impact
In the U.S., safe food, affordable energy, clean drinking water and outdoor recreation come primarily from rural America. Only 14 percent of the population lives in rural America, but ¾ of the U.S. is defined as rural, theconversation.com reports. Agriculture accounts for 6 percent of the overall U.S. economy and 10 percent of U.S. employment in cities, small towns and on farms. Rural America needs farmers to fund and support strong schools, hospitals, main streets, churches and more.
Perhaps you’re a person who admires farmers and ranchers, with their focus on leading their operations in a way that’s good for people, animals and the environment. Perhaps you have been a farmer and rancher and you want to encourage those still dedicating their days and years to agriculture. Either way, you’re welcome. Your support is welcome, too. Join us today.