: Panoramic group portrait of employees of the Ohio Farm Bureau, pictured outside their office at 620-632 East Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio, on September 4, 1936.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) formed in 1919. Its original purpose was to lobby local, state, and federal leaders to pass legislation to assist farmers. Other early goals included providing electric service to rural areas and crop insurance. Not only did the OFBF want to provide farmers a political voice, but it also hoped to convince farmers to work together in planting, caring for, and harvesting their crops to reduce production costs.
In 1926, the the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation established the Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, which in the 1930s began offering policies to farmers in several other states and to urban dwellers, and also expanded to fire and life insurance . In 1955, the company changed its name to Nationwide Insurance. View on Ohio Memory.
: OVS7170 Subjects
: Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Ohio History--State and Local Government; Employees; Agriculture--Ohio; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)