New Member Benefits – Posted November 2009

It is our pleasure to announce three new member benefits that have been added or will be added in the very near future.  They are Budget Truck Rental, Jiffy Lube, and a prescription drug discount program through United Networks of America. A brief description of each new service appears below.

We think these new services are great additions to our member benefits package.  We continue to research new services that will add value to our membership.

Prescription Drug Discount Program – MFB members will be able to download a UNA Rx Card from the MFB Website or they can obtain one through the MFB Randallstown office. By presenting the UNA Rx Card at any of the more than 50,000 pharmacies nationwide, members will be guaranteed to receive the lowest price available on their prescription. The average savings has been calculated at 30%.

Budget Truck Rental – By using a special Maryland Farm Bureau Account Number (obtained from our website or through our office) members will receive a 15% discount when they rent a truck from Budget.

Jiffy Lube – When MFB members identify themselves as a “national cash fleet” customer and present the MFB account number, they will receive a 10% discount on all products and services, except inspections.

Howard County Farm Bureau Member Benefits

by Susan Baker, Director
Howard County Farm Bureau

Members of Howard County Farm Bureau have access to an array of benefits offered by our “umbrella” state organization, Maryland Farm Bureau. This month we will focus on insurance offerings as well as discounts on equipment and supplies.

Insurance: Farm Bureau insurance began in 1926 when a group of Ohio Farm Bureau members started an auto insurance company because they believed they were being overcharged by established insurers. Maryland Farm Bureau and other states joined soon thereafter to support the newly formed company, Farm Bureau Mutual. In 1955, the name was changed to Nationwide Insurance.

Nationwide and its predecessor, Farm Bureau Mutual, have now worked with Farm Bureau members for over 90 years to provide programs especially geared to farm families. Discounted programs include auto, home, farm, boat, long term care, and pet policies, as well as “Rev and Ride” policies for off-road vehicles such as snowmobiles, ATVs, golf carts, transport trailers, and even dirt bikes and Segways. For more information, call 443-883-6425. Nationwide also offers special risks accident coverage. Farm Bureau members automatically receive a limited accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy just for signing up. For details, call 1-800-248-9012. To find a Nationwide agent close to you, log on to the following website: http://mdfarmbureau.com/members/

Health insurance: Howard County Farm Bureau members can also take advantage of Maryland Farm Bureau’s relationship with Custom HealthCare Inc. A subsidiary of Virginia Farm Bureau, Custom HealthCare is a health insurance broker that has been working with Maryland Farm Bureau for the past six years. Custom HealthCare staff members will assist Howard County Farm Bureau members with enrolling in group dental and vision plans, will help individuals and families find health coverage, and offer plans that meet the needs of farm businesses, family businesses, and growing businesses throughout Maryland. It works with numerous health care providers, including Aetna, CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, Coventry of Delaware, United HealthCare, United Concordia, and Davis Vision. Custom HealthCare is located in the Maryland Farm Bureau Building in Randallstown, and the office phone numbers are (toll free) 866-634-2211 or (local) 410-521-3994.

Member Savings on Equipment and Supplies As you continue with spring and summer work seasons and the equipment and supplies that you need, don’t forget the discounts offered to Farm Bureau members by Safemark and Grainger. Safemark products include farm, truck and passenger tires, as well as tillage and cutting parts, twine, oil and batteries.

Grainger offers discounts on their catalog of thousands of products, including hand and power tools, electrical, plumbing, painting, and metal supplies, among others. For office supplies, Staples offers 5 to 40 percent discounts on over 30,000 office items when you sign up online at www.StaplesLink.com

Want to know more? To learn more about these benefits, as well as many others offered to Farm Bureau members, log on to http://mdfarmbureau.com/members/, then click on “Member Services,” or call the Maryland Farm Bureau office at 1-800-248-9012 for a benefits brochure.

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Current Farm Bureau Policy.

Do you have questions or concerns about current Maryland Farm Bureau Policy? For a complete detailed listing, refer to the January/February, 2005 issue of the Maryland Farm Bureau Spotlight. Beginning on page 9 and continuing through page 21, in alphabetic order, is an unabridged listing. Pull the section out and file it for future reference.