OKLAHOMA CITY—Clay Pope, Loyal, has completed his two-year tenure as the American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) representative to the National Farmers Union (NFU) Policy Drafting Committee. Pope is a lifelong AFR/OFU member with family ties to the organization stretching back decades.
The NFU Policy Drafting Committee develops and proposes policy that will influence lobbying efforts of the national organization. Policies formed or altered during policy drafting meetings, then approved during the NFU Annual Convention, govern NFU legislative efforts throughout the year. AFR/OFU is one of only two state organizations with an annual seat at the NFU policy table.
“I am pleased to have one of our outstanding longtime members represent Oklahoma at the national level,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “Clay Pope has hands-on experience with agricultural production and a long history of conservation work. Both are integral to western Oklahoma and the state at large.”
Pope is a longtime farmer and rancher and has extensive experience in the legislative arena. He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004 and as executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts from 2004 to 2014. He has a bachelor’s in agriculture communications from Oklahoma State University and has been honored extensively for his work promoting the conservation message.