AFR Cooperative Announces 119th Annual Convention

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American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) will host its 119th annual state convention at the Embassy Suites & Conference Center – Norman Feb. 23-25. This year’s convention theme is “Serving Through the Storm.”

This year’s three-day event features speakers like Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.; Oklahoma State Treasurer Todd Russ; Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus; National Farmers Union President Rob Larew; National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Senior Vice President of Federal and Political Affairs Jimi Grande; National Farmers Union Counsel Dave Velde; OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Vice President and Dean Jayson Lusk; KOSU General Manager Rachel Hubbard; Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Director of Member Services Stacy Howeth; The Nature Conservancy Partnership and External Affairs Manager Clay Pope; and more. Convention attendees will learn about timely legislative issues, such as inflation in agriculture, industry economic trends and much more.

Convention attendees will also hear from state winners of the annual AFR Speech Contest and will honor those cooperative members who have passed in the last calendar year. In addition to special guests, the convention features the annual business meeting of Oklahoma Farmers Union and AFR Mutual Insurance Company, as well as discussion and adoption of AFR/OFU legislative policy.

“Our annual state convention is a great time of year,” said AFR Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “It is a time to fellowship with other AFR members and direct the future of our organization.”

American Farmers & Ranchers Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR principles.