POTEAU—American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) contributed more than $10,000 to the effort to rebuild the Poteau High School Agriculture Building after a February 2021 fire. The building housed many of the Poteau FFA Chapter’s activities.

“This has already been an extremely tough year for Oklahoma students,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “A loss like this can be devastating to an FFA chapter and we’re proud to help students at Poteau High School begin to rebuild what they’ve lost.

The total donation included funds from three AFR/OFU organizations. LeFlore County AFR/OFU donated $5,000 to the rebuilding fund. That amount was matched by the statewide AFR/OFU Foundation. Additionally, AFR/OFU Poteau Local #515 donated an additional $500 to the effort, bringing the final AFR/OFU donation amount to $10,500.

AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh presented a check for the donation to Poteau FFA Advisor Crystal Shipman. In attendance were Poteau High School Assistant Principal Eric Hackler, Poteau High School Principal Joe Ballard, AFR Insurance Agent Mike Andrews (Heavener), AFR Insurance Agent Paul Fields (Panama), AFR Insurance Agent David Alexander (Poteau), Kaye Alexander, and Poteau School District Superintendent Dr. Don Sjoberg.

AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU 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/OFU principles.