What is the Grange?

The National Grange is the nation's oldest national agricultural organization, with grassroots units established in 3,600 local communities in 37 states. Its 300,000 members provide service to agriculture and rural areas on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, education, family endeavors, and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable Rural America. It was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation's farm population. Over the past 137 years, it has evolved to include non-farm rural families and communities.

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The Grange is also a fraternal order known as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, hence the "P of H" on the organization's logo. Founding members determined that a fraternal organization would be best able to combine loyalty and democratic ideals to provide service to others. The National Grange was one of the first formal groups to admit women to membership on the basis of equality with men. It remains so today.

Each year, a listing of more than 1,400 issues of concern is published and distributed by the National Grange. Current national issues include:

  • Rural Highways & Infrastructure
  • Rural Schools Partnerships
  • Conservation Reserve Program
  • Rural Medicare Reform
  • United Nations Climate Control
  • Regional Dairy Compacts
  • Fast Track Trade Legislation
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Food Safety Protection
  • Rural Telecommunications Access
  • Preservation of Farmland

This information and much more can be found on the National Grange Web site: http://www.nationalgrange.org/