The Farmer-to-Farmer Worldwide Program was initially authorized by Congress in the 1985 Farm Bill and funded through Title V of Public Law 480. Congress authorized the current FY2013-2018 phase of the program, designating it the "John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program" in honor of one of the pilots killed on September 11, 2011 and of former Congressman Bereuter, who initially sponsored the program.

The Farmer-to-Farmer program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.

Over 16,000 volunteers have served since 1985.