Updated: Apr 29, 2020
Influential farm leader and policy advisor, Kline was president of the American Farm Bureau Federation from 1947 to 1954 and served as president of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers.
1895-1968 | Artist: Joseph Allworthy (1892-1991)
Impact & Accomplishments
Born in Dixon County, Nebraska, Allan B. Kline earned degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City and Iowa State College. He operated a farm in Iowa until 1944.
Beginning as president of a local Farm Bureau, and then president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Kline advanced until, in 1947, he was elected president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, representing 1.4 million farm families. During his tenure, through 1954, Kline served as consultant before congressional committees and international conferences on agriculture, he opposed government price control programs, and he supported the Marshall Plan, serving on the twelve-member board to administer it in 1948.
Kline was president of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers from 1953 to 1955.
Did You Know?
Iowa State University awards the Allan B. Kline Family Scholarship to incoming Iowa freshmen who show leadership qualities and a desire for a career in agriculture.
Courtesy of PublicResourceOrg - Longines Chronoscope TV show with Allan B. Kline interviewed in 1951.