MFA Incorporated is a Midwest-based regional agricultural Cooperative serving more than 45,000 farmer/owners in Missouri and adjacent states. MFA (which once stood for Missouri Farmers Association) was founded in Brunswick, Missouri in Newcomer School on March 10, 1914. By the 1920s, MFA represented 400 local cooperatives. William Hirth was MFA's first president, serving until his death in 1940. Today, it is based in Columbia, Missouri. The cooperative created independent companies - MFA Oil in 1929 and Shelter Insurance in 1946.