AFR Youth Program

Program Overview

Activities are geared toward developing the youth of our state to be the next generation of leaders. All Oklahoma youth, first grade through college, can participate.



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Speech Contests

This popular AFR event is held in the fall of each year and is available to both members and non-members. Students in grades 3rd-12th compete in their respective category at five district contests held across the state. First and second place winners in each category advance to the state speech contest held in Stillwater on the Oklahoma State University campus. More than 350 students participate in this event every year.


2023 Speech Pre Registration

2023 Speech Information

AFR Extemporaneous Rules

2023 AFR Policy Book

AFR Speech Rules


2024 Speech Contest Dates:

Monday, November 11- Central District, Tecumseh High School

Tuesday, November 12- Northeast District, Lone Star Schools, Sapulpa

Thursday, November 14- Southeast District, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton

Monday, November 18- Southwest District, Cache High School

Thursday, November 21- Northwest District, Autry Technology Center, Enid

Saturday, December 7- State Speech Contest, OSU, Stillwater 

Ag Achievement Contest

The AFR Ag Achievement Contest at the Oklahoma Youth Expo is designed to recognize youth who have an interest in livestock, excel in showmanship and have knowledge of the livestock industry including production, management, processing and end product utilization.


Competition is limited to 4-H and FFA members exhibiting breeding or market beef, sheep, goat or swine at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and who are classified as high school juniors and seniors. Contestants compete in showmanship written animal science exam and an interview.


2024 Entry Form

2024 AFR Ag Achievement Info

Judging Contest

Contestants are rewarded for their recognition of high-quality cattle- just as a producer would profit from similar selection within their own herd. AFR is proud to be a continued sponsor of these contests at Connors State College, Eastern Oklahoma College, Redlands Community College and OKC West Cattle Grading Contest.


  • TSF Cattle Grading Contest, Tulsa State Fair
  • Livestock Handling Contest, OKC Stockyards


Poster Contest

The AFR Youth Program captures the creativity of students with our annual AFR Poster Contest. The contest begins in the fall and any 1st-4th grade student is eligible to participate. Order forms are due October 23, 2023 and posters are due December 1, 2023. Each year we receive an outstanding response – more than 4,000 posters pour in from across Oklahoma. The top winner will be recognized at the annual AFR Convention in February 23-25, 2024.



The Latest

From This Program

AFR Youth Program Announces 2023-2024 Youth Advisory Council

August 2, 2023

American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Cooperative has announced its 2023-2024 AFR Youth Advisory Council. This year’s council members were chosen by popular vote during the organization’s 2023 Senior Leadership Summit, which was held July 26-29.


Oklahoma Youth Top Agriculture Achievement Contest

March 17, 2023

Ten agricultural youth from across Oklahoma have earned top placings in the 2023 American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Agricultural Achievement Contest. The contest was conducted in conjunction with the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) in Oklahoma City March 8-17. This year, AFR presented $5,000 in prizes to contestants prior to the Oklahoma Youth Expo Grand Drive March 16.


AFR Awards State Scholarships

February 23, 2023

Twenty-nine Oklahoma youth were recognized as recipients of the 2023 American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Cooperative Statewide Scholarship.