As a grassroots organization, Farmers Union focuses on providing its members with essential tools to become effective advocates for production agriculture. These leadership building tools for members include educational programs, opportunities to develop policies and priorities, and assuring farmers and ranchers are literally at the table with elected and appointed policymakers at the state and national levels. Active involvement by members is critical in securing programs that work for farm and ranch families. Educational programs benefitting members range from youth leadership camps to the Fellows Program. The Cooperative Development Center works with groups to create member-owned business ventures that deliver economic and social benefits.