Member support is essential to the success of our county Farm Bureaus. As a grassroots, nonprofit organization, we rely on members’ input to shape our priorities and membership dues to help fund our efforts.
It’s easy to recoup the cost of your annual dues with the many OFB discount programs available.
If you’ve thought about supporting your county Farm Bureau because you care about the survival of Oregon’s farms, ranches, and rural communities, now’s a great time to join!
> Costs & Types of Membership
Depending on what county you’re from, the annual cost of a Voting or Supporting Farm Bureau membership varies between $100 and $125.
Voting Members must generate at least $2,500 in gross income from farming or ranching activities. Voting members can participate in their County Farm Bureau, attend meetings, serve on committees, and vote on policies that guide OFB’s priorities and work.
Besides being eligible for all OFB discount programs, voting members receive Oregon Farm Bureau News and can be listed in the popular Oregon’s Bounty Guide.
Supporting Members may not be full-time farmers, but they are important supporters of Oregon agriculture and have access to all Farm Bureau benefits.
Supporting Members also receive the monthly Oregon Farm Bureau News and can be listed in the popular Oregon’s Bounty Guide.
Associate Membership is for non-farmers.
> How to Join
1. Complete an OFB application.
b) Or have an application sent to you. E-mail the OFB office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (503) 399-1701, ext. 326, and give us your mailing address.
2. Select a payment option:
a) Send a check made out to “Oregon Farm Bureau” to OFB, Attn: Membership, 3415 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97302.
b) Pay by Visa or MasterCard by filling out the appropriate information on the application form and faxing it in to (503) 399-8082.
c) Pay by Visa or MasterCard by completing the form and mailing it to OFB.
(Because we need a signature for new memberships, we can’t offer an online payments system. Annual dues renewals made be made online, however.)
> Where the Money Goes
Annual dues include membership in the American Farm Bureau Federation, and are used to support County Farm Bureaus, OFB programs that directly support and promote Oregon agriculture, benefit rural communities, fund ongoing legislative efforts voted on by members, produce OFB media, pay OFB staff salaries, and much more. To learn more, call OFB at (503) 399-1701.
> OFB Tax Information
Membership Dues: Membership dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for Federal Income Tax purposes, but dues may be eligible for a business expense deduction. Contact your tax advisor for more details.
> Voluntary Contributions
OFB President’s Club: Voluntary contribution program for those who wish to give financially to support the mission and goals of Oregon Farm Bureau in addition to annual dues.
OFB Political Action Committee: Contributions can be used as a tax credit on your Oregon State Tax return, up to $50 on a single return and up to $100 on a joint return. This donation may go towards ballot measures, political candidates, and/or political education.
Scholarships/Education Foundation: Contributions are charitable contributions and are tax deductable for Federal Income Tax purposes. The Foundation is a public charitable organization (IRS Section 501 (C) (3)) and awards scholarships to Oregon students in agriculture, sponsors educational seminars, including Summer Ag Institute, and distributes educational material.
Legal Foundation: Contributions are charitable contributions and are tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes. The Foundation is a public charitable organization (IRS Section 501 (C) (3)). Contributions are used for precedent-setting court cases in Oregon.
If you have questions e-mail Melissa Armour (email@example.com) or call her at (503) 399-1701, ext. 326, and give us your mailing address.