AFR/OFU has named two state legislators 2020 AFR/OFU Legislative Advocates. This year’s AFR/OFU Legislative Advocate Awards recognize Rep. Ty Burns, R-Morrison, and Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher.

The AFR/OFU Legislative Advocate Award is presented to state leaders that advocate for AFR/OFU Cooperative policies and work hard on issues that are important to the AFR/OFU membership during each state legislative session. Jech and Burns were recognized for their work during the 2020 legislative session.

“The 2020 legislative session was marked by unprecedented disruption, but these legislators were still able to successfully represent rural Oklahoma,” said AFR/ OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “We applaud the leadership of all our legislators and their service to Oklahoma. Darcy Jech and Ty Burns are two legislators who went above and beyond in 2020 and we’re pleased to honor them with this award.”

Jech represents Oklahoma Senate District 26. He serves as the Senate Rural Caucus chair and has championed several critical pieces of legislation over his years of service. He is also a longtime AFR Insurance agent.

Burns represents Oklahoma House District 35. This year, he authored and championed legislation that created the “Oklahoma Certified Beef” program, which lays the ground work for Oklahoma cattle producers to strategically label and market their beef.