OKLAHOMA CITY—American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) has announced its 2020-2021 AFR Youth Advisory Council. This year’s council members were chosen by popular vote during the organization’s 2020 Senior Leadership Summit, which was held virtually July 22-25.

Members of the 2020-2021 AFR Youth Advisory Council are Cassidy Baughman, Lone Grove; Abby Bell, Bristow; Katelyn Blevins, Hobart; Jace James, Blair; and Paike McNiel, Bristow.

The AFR Youth Advisory Council is an opportunity for high school juniors or seniors who are active in the AFR Youth Program to further their leadership and program management skills. Council members assist in planning many AFR Youth Program events, facilitate general AFR/OFU events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma youth. Council members also participate in agriculture-based service projects throughout the year.

“The AFR/OFU Cooperative is proud to invest in the future of Oklahoma through our state’s youth,” said AFR/OFU President Scott Blubaugh. “The AFR Youth Council is a unique opportunity to recognize and encourage some of our exceptional program participants.”

To become an AFR Youth Advisory Council member, the student or an immediate family member must be an AFR Insurance policyholder and have attended a Senior Leadership Summit prior to the year applying.

The AFR Youth Advisory Council is just one of many AFR/OFU Youth Program traditions. The organization also hosts a youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, speech contests, livestock judging and grading competitions, and many other development opportunities. For more information, visit the AFR/OFU Cooperative website at www.afrcoop.org.

For more information about the 2020-2021 Youth Advisory Council, contact AFR/OFU Youth Coordinator Vanessa Wiebe at (405)218-5561 or vanessa.wiebe@afrmic.com.

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.