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Unity Through the Democratic Process

Updated: May 11, 2023

"If the farmers were stronger together, they were surely stronger still when they brought members of their community together to work alongside them, too."

Montana Farm Bureau was growing in both size and scope but lacked the right structure to address issues with state, national and international implications. In 1923, they selected William L. Stockton and he soon went to work representing Montana Farm Bureau members at congressional hearings. His leadership would be the beginning of the Farm Bureau's unity through the democratic process, particularly during the Great Depression in the 1930s and the New Deal era.

This video adaptation of the book LEGACIES, as featured on RFD-TV, shares stories of innovative leaders and the core values that shaped early Montana agricultural history. The video series was written by Laura C. Nelson and produced by Riley Slivka, AgriStudios.

LEGACIES is available at



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