Hancock County Farm Bureau – Celebrating our
100 Years of History
On March 27, 1913 farmers met at the court-house in
Carthage to form what is today Hancock County Farm Bureau. This first organization was called the Soil
Improvement Association. April 1, 1918
the name was changed to Hancock County Farm Bureau.
In 1919 Hancock County Farm Bureau along with other
Farm Bureau’s, organized the Illinois Agricultural Association.
In 1923, the organization was instrumental in forming
a cooperative for the purchase and distribution of petroleum products. They
were also able, thru the I.A.A., to promote legislation of the Capper-Volstead
Act, which allows cooperatives to function.
In 1926, farmers had a need for affordable insurance
for farm vehicles. HCFB along with other
FB’s in Illinois and IAA found solutions by forming their own insurance
company, today’s County Companies.
n the 30’s there was a need for electric power in
rural areas, and HCFB was instrumental in seeing that every farm would have
electricity available by helping to organize with Western Illinois Electric
In the late 30’s & 40’s, Prairie Farms Dairy,
Interstate Producers Livestock Assoc. and Hancock Grain Co. came into being for
the express purpose of providing a better means of selling commodities.
The Hancock Supply Company was another crucial
component in HCFB’s history, as it was the largest livestock health supply
company in the county and kept the organization flourishing for years.
And so it had gone up until the present…Farmers seeing
needs and then finding solutions.