A large crowd of rural Oklahomans are expected to attend the 114th annual convention of the AFR/OFU, Feb. 15-17, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman, Okla. The theme is “New Day. New Vision.”
Heading the list of distinguished speakers is Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, Scott Biggs, state director, Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, USDA, Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, and Neil Alldredge, senior vice president, corporate affairs for National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).
A special youth leadership session is scheduled for Feb. 16 and will be led by well-known youth leadership trainers Marty Jones and Lawson Thompson.
A unique feature at this convention will be the AFR Women’s Council blood drive beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
A Saturday afternoon breakout session on market enhancement for Oklahoma agriculture will include presentations from the state’s commodity organizations.
One of the convention highlights will be election of directors and officer positions. This year voting delegates will elect a new president to lead the AFR/OFU Cooperative. In addition, there are three board positions to be voted on.
AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick is retiring after 9 years at the helm. The Ames, Okla., farmer and rancher has served the organization for over 30 years in various leadership roles. A special reception and retirement presentations are scheduled for Saturday evening, Feb. 16.
A video presentation by U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) will highlight the Sunday morning worship and memorial service.