100 Years Strong: Grundy County Farm Bureau kicks off Centennial Celebration

Shown above is a Farmer-Businessmen Banquet sponsored by the Grundy County Farm Bureau in 1956. Pictured are Francis Persinger, Leonard Schildroth, T.C. Peterson and Willard Dielschnieder. (Photo courtesy of GCFB)

GRUNDY CENTER – The farming industry has changed and evolved considerably over the past 100 years, but through it all, the values and mission of the Grundy County Farm Bureau has remained the same: to support the local farmers and to strengthen the community through education and advocacy on agriculture.

Now, as the Grundy County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years, current and former leaders at the Farm Bureau took time to reflect on the past, present and future of the organization.

Randy Heitz, Regional Manager of the Grundy County Farm Bureau, says it’s very special to see the organization celebrate a century of service.

“It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that has a long history of being very focused on what local farmers need, and being able to help make their voices heard,” Heitz said. “Especially here in Grundy County, where there’s a strong history of people being engaged and wanting to make a difference.”

When the Grundy County Farm Bureau was founded in 1918, there was 248 members. Today, there are 1,200 members, a variety of new programs and opportunities, and a rich history of leadership in agriculture.

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.