WASHINGTON, D.C.—A.J. and Aliene Bristow, McAlester, have been recognized for their dedication to rural Oklahoma with the National Farmers Union (NFU) Bruce Miller Membership Award. The award honors Farmers Union members who demonstrate the mission and vision of National farmers Union. The Bristows are longtime American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) members in Pittsburg County.
Award recipients display a passion for family farming and rural America, while promoting the work of Farmers Union. In many cases, they attract additional members, invite guests to get involved with the organization, and build public awareness of Farmers Union. Overall, the award celebrates individuals who are standout leaders, strong advocates and outstanding members.
“A.J. and Aliene Bristow have consistently shown dedication and enthusiasm for Farmers Union,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “For many years, they have given selflessly to both AFR/OFU and rural Southeast Oklahoma. They are very deserving of recognition and a great example to other Farmers Union members and their fellow Oklahomans.”
The Bristows have been active AFR/OFU members since they arrived in Oklahoma. A.J. has served on local and county Farmers Union boards, and has also served as a delegate to the organization’s state and national conventions. He was also the Southeast Oklahoma AFR/OFU Field Representative for many years, serving until his retirement in 2020. Aliene has served as secretary of the Pittsburg County Farmers Union and served as member of her local Farmers Union board for more than 20 years.
The Bristows’ dedication to AFR/OFU has led them beyond their expectations. They have both volunteered at the state level and traveled across state lines to advocate for the family farmer and rancher. A.J. also traveled to Washington, D.C., where he toured the White House and met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Reps. Tom Coburn and Wes Watkins.
The Bristows continue to farm and ranch in Pittsburg County. They have two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.