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Agricultural Organizations

Agricultural organizations have played an important role in the formation of the agricultural industry in Hillsdale County.

The Grange
Hillsdale County Farm Bureau
National FFA Organization

The Grange

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Granges were organized in Hillsdale County in 1867. The development of the Grange originally was an educational; force, promoting basic farm policies. Faith, Hope, Charity, and Fidelity are the official tenets of the Grange.

"Agriculture is the foundation upon which much of the growth progress and development of our County has been built". p.89
The Grange 1867 - 1967

"Any acceleration of the trends toward the industrialized corporation-type farm will be viewed with grave concern by the Grange."

Adams and Mosherville Granges are still active and serve Hillsdale County today.

Hillsdale County Farm Bureau

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Hillsdale County Farm Bureau is an agricultural organization dedicated to the continued growth and development of local agricultural producers, businesses and their communities. Some of the programs offered include:
Young Farmers
The Young Farmer Program is designed to encourage leadership growth, networking and education among members from the age of 18 to 36.
Member Benefits
These include: Insurance, Travel Discounts, Vehicle Discounts, Long Distance Phone Service, Farm Bureau Credit Union, Group Purchasing and many other services which benefit our members.
Legislative Action
Farm Bureau is active in developing legislation which benefits local agricultural producers and the rural communities in which they live.
Farm Link
Connecting retiring farm operations with young people anxious to become involved in production agriculture.
Contact: Hillsdale County Farm Bureau
3193 Beck Rd
Hillsdale, MI 49242
517-437-2458

National FFA Organization

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The National FFA Organization (Formerly Future Farmers of America)is a nationwide organization encouraging leadership in junior high and high school students.
Students actively participate in leadership contests at the district, regional, state and national levels. They are also active in the local agricultural curriculum in their schools where they are educated in not only traditional production agriculture techniques but also, business management, biology, and environmental conservation.

Hillsdale County currently has 4 schools with active FFA chapters, Jonesville, Waldron, Camden, and North Adams.
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