AFR members are represented on a daily basis at the State and National Capitol by a full-time staff in Oklahoma City and Washington D.C.
Federal and state educational lobbying opportunities exist for our members throughout the year.
We also sponsor Legislative forums at various events to provide educational updates for the membership and general public.
AFR serves as a “watchdog” for agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life insurance company members. We carefully monitor legislation and government regulations which affect each of these interests.
Our legislative influence is one of the most important benefits members receive by developing the policy that staff members use as a basis for lobbying.
AFR members are encouraged to be active in the political party of their choice. The organization remains independent so we can best represent the membership.
They do this through a system of annual meetings. Local and county organizations send delegates and policy recommendations to the state convention. At the state convention, the delegates write and approve the program which guides the organization’s policy. State delegates and recommendations also go to the national convention to form National Farmers Union policy.
In this way, all of the diverse and complex interests of rural people come together.
Our membership consists of families – men, women and children. It includes farmers, actively involved in agricultural production and non-farmers who want to add their voice on behalf of the principals and philosophy of American Farmers & Ranchers. These members have joined together to make AFR, truly, “The Voice of Rural Oklahoma.”
How you can shape AFR policy
As a member of AFR/OFU, you have a unique opportunity to influence and shape policy that will direct the organization as it works with Congress, the Oklahoma Legislature and state and federal agencies.
You may become involved through the following process. Prior to your local or county meeting, consider policy additions or corrections you would like to see made to the current policy document. In your county, officers may choose to meet prior to the county meeting with a smaller group of members as a resolutions committee. This group may discuss issues and develop a list of resolutions for consideration by the county membership. During the actual county meeting, the membership will discuss and vote on each resolution submitted by the ad hoc committee, as well as receive prospective resolutions from the floor.
Once the policy is adopted by either the local or county organization, it is sent by local/county leadership to the AFR/OFU Policy Committee. This committee may approve, reject or modify a resolution. The group will also review the entire policy document to make pertinent updates and corrections, as well as propose new policy not offered through resolutions.
Policy adopted by the AFR/OFU State Policy Committee is formally presented to delegates during the AFR/OFU State Convention. These delegates are elected from local and county meetings. If the AFR/OFU State Policy Committee does not adopt the policy presented by a local or county, that policy can be re-submitted by a member of the original submitting organization on the convention floor during policy consideration. Each section of policy is reviewed and changes are noted and offered for delegate consideration. Delegates adopt, reject or change wording throughout the document.
The final policy document is adopted by the full body of attending delegates. Current policy books are available by request through county officers, local insurance agents or the AFR website.