Recently Farm Bureau member benefit directors across the country traveled to Dearborn, Mich., to learn more about Farm Bureau partner Ford Motor Co. Their hosts packed a series of informational tours within the framework of the meeting, including a tour of the Ford River Rouge plant where the F150 is currently assembled. An F150 rolls off the assembly line every 53 seconds, but an F150 is sold somewhere around the world every 43 seconds.

Beyond the tours what was most impressive was Ford’s dedication to agriculture both through technology and real-life application, according to John Marihugh, Ohio Farm Bureau director of member services. The group toured Ford’s high-tech science lab, where soybeans, agave fruit and bamboo are used on a daily basis.

“Starting with Henry Ford, the company has always been dedicated to agriculture, but they are now committed to Farm Bureau and its members,” Marihugh said. “Whether it is using soybean-based foam seat cushions, or scrap cotton and wheat straw to reinforce plastic, they’re supporting our industry and it’s nice to support them.”

In 2010, Ford began its Farm Bureau partnership with just nine states. Ford recently announced that it has offered a partnership to all 50 Farm Bureau states.

“I’ve worked directly with Ford a lot, and it’s great to see the partnership progress,” Marihugh said. “This is good for both Farm Bureau and our members.”

Savings opportunities

For a chance to win a 2-year lease on a new Ford vehicle, visit the member benefit redemption website and click the Sweepstakes button in the upper right corner, or text the word SWEEPS to 46786. A Farm Bureau member ID is required.

Members can save $500 on select Ford vehicles. Learn more.

Photo caption: Farm Bureau member benefits partners from around the country met at Ford in Detroit to learn more about the company, which now offers member benefits in all 50 states. Here, the group visits an inner-city homeless mission where food is grown in the beds of F150 pick-ups so those who frequent the shelter have access to fresh produce.

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