Entries by Vanessa Wiebe

Fall 2019

2019 NFU Fly-in, 2019-20 AFR Youth Advisory Council, 2nd Annual AFR Gold Star Class – Special Needs Livestock Show…

75th Annual AFR Speech Contest Dates and Locations Announced

Each fall, AFR/OFU Cooperative holds its Annual AFR Speech Contest at five district locations across the state, in the month of November. All students in grades 4th – 12th are eligible to compete in their respective categories to enhance their public speaking skills. The contests are open to AFR members and non-members. “Public speaking is […]

Oklahoma Native Selected For NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Program

Thirteen farmers and ranchers from across the country took part in educational programs Sept. 9-11 in Washington, D.C., during the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Fly-In. These programs promote leadership skills and technical training for the next generation of young agricultural professionals. Kyle Minyard, AFR/OFU Cooperative member, and resident of Lebanon, Okla., was chosen to […]

Peyton Burns Represents Oklahoma at NFU Raising Voices Summit in D.C.

Thirty-four FFA and Professional Agricultural Students (PAS) met in Washington, D.C. to have an interactive discussion about agricultural policy, and ways each young individual can be an entrepreneur in the agricultural industry. Peyton Burns, from Kingfisher, Okla., and a former AFR Youth Advisory Council member, represented Oklahoma at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Raising Voices […]

Second Annual Gold Star Classic – AFR Special Needs Livestock Show Shines Bright on Oklahoma Youth

Livestock shows are a staple of Oklahoma. The bond between animals and students, especially children, is an illuminating experience. Grand champion smiles were especially radiating from the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid, Okla. during the second annual Gold Star Classic-AFR Special Needs Livestock Show. On Sept. 12, twenty-five special needs students from the surrounding […]

AFR/OFU Cooperative Delegates Travel to D.C. To Lobby on Behalf of Members

After a year of down market fluctuations and extreme weather events, Scott Blubaugh, AFR/OFU Cooperative President, led a team of delegates to Washington, D.C. on a three-day lobbying mission to meet with administration officials and members of Congress. The Oklahomans participated in the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Fly-In, Sept 9-11, which focused on strengthening […]

Fall is Just Around the Corner

Fall, a time when trees are filled with bountiful colors, and the air has a crisp autumn smell. Fall is also the season for pumpkin-flavored everything. If you are a fall lover, you are probably looking forward to the upcoming holidays, the much needed weather change, and of course, football season! So, as the leaves […]

AFR/OFU Cooperative President Applauds USDA Investigation into Potential Beef Market Collusion

On Wednesday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued an investigation into the possible cattle and beef market collusion following the recent Tyson Foods slaughterhouse fire in Holcomb, Kansas. Scott Blubaugh, AFR/OFU Cooperative President, said he applauds Secretary Perdue for stepping up and taking immediate action on behalf of both ranchers and consumers. “Thank you Secretary […]

2019-2020 AFR Youth Advisory Council Announced

The AFR Leadership Summit allows students the opportunity to focus on their leadership and personal development skills through team building exercises and personal reflection. Each year, five students are chosen to serve on the Youth Advisory Council to help lead and facilitate youth programs for the upcoming year. This year’s AFR Leadership Summit ended with […]

County and State Fairs kicking off across Oklahoma

By: Landee Kieschnick, Communication Coordinator Summer is officially coming to an end, which means Oklahoma fair season is upon us! In the next few months, many county and state fairs are kicking off across rural Oklahoma. The smell of freshly groomed shavings and the echoing noise of cattle mooing in the background are just a […]