Our Board of Directors usually meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester at 7 pm.

Because of COVID19, meetings may be held via conference call, please confirm time and location prior to attending.

Our Mission

The mission of the Monroe County, New York Farm Bureau is "To Serve And Strengthen Agriculture" in Monroe County.

Monroe County Farm Bureau gives farmers and non-farmers alike the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to supporting and enriching agriculture. It provides an opportunity for individuals interested in the food system, land issues and rural living to join together and make their voices heard. We are active within the political system on a broad range of issues that concern every New Yorker, from taxation, conservation to local food availability. We believe that a strong, viable agricultural industry is beneficial not only to our economy, but also to our local communities and our consumers.

Our Purpose

The Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by member families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural industry.

The Farm Bureau‘s "grassroots" policy development process continues to ensure that the organization represents the majority position of its membership. Policy development begins at the county level with problem identification and culminates at the New York Farm Bureau Annual Meeting with resolutions addressing the issues.

Our success in implementing policies depends upon our active, well-informed membership guided by the efforts of many dedicated volunteer leaders.

With our county membership numbering almost 5,000 member families and the state membership numbering almost 30,000, it is evident that the Farm Bureau is the voice of New York agriculture. The Farm Bureau will continue to meet the needs of those who make farming their livelihood and rural New York their home.

Our Beliefs

  • America's unparalleled progress is based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts.
  • Economic progress, cultural advancement, ethical and religious principles flourish best where people are free, responsible individuals.
  • Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed "security."
  • We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege.
  • We believe in the representative form of government—a republic—as provided in our Constitution, in limitations on government power, in maintenance of equal opportunity, in the right of each individual to freedom of worship and in freedom of speech, press, and peaceful assembly.
  • Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles.
  • People have the right and the responsibility to speak for themselves individually or through organizations of their choice without coercion or government intervention.
  • Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom.
  • We believe in the right of every person to choose an occupation; to be rewarded according to his contribution to society; to save, invest or spend; and to convey property to the next generation. Each person has the responsibility to meet financial obligations incurred.
  • We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals.