Youth & Education

AFR offers many educational activities to teach youth citizenship, social responsibility and brotherhood.

Youth participating in AFR programs learn through activities such as speech and poster contests, award trips, and national and statewide leadership camps. The state organization awards more than $25,000 in college scholarships in addition to numerous county level scholarships.

All Oklahoma youth, first grade through college, can participate in AFR activities.

2015 Women's Conference Registration Opens

Registration is now open for the 2015 AFR Women's Conference on August 5th, 2015. It will be followed by the Oklahoma Women in Ag Conference on August 6th-7th. Click the link below for schedule and details.

2015 State Scholarship Applications Due April 15th

American Farmers & Ranchers sponsors college scholarships annually to young people who have been active participants in the Youth Program. College scholarships are given annually to assist participants financially with college and university expenses.

2015 Leadership Summit

The senior session is now full. No additional applications will be accepted.

It's not camp...It's a whole lot more! This year’s Teen and Senior Leadership Summits will be held at Camp Big Cedars near Wanette in south-central Oklahoma. Summit focuses on leadership, teamwork and cooperative skills.

Activities are geared toward helping youth develop into future agricultural leaders.

2015 Youth Agricultural Achievement Contest Information

This contest is designed to recognize Oklahoma youth who have an interest in livestock, excel in showmanship skills and have knowledge of the livestock industry to include production, management, processing and end product utilization.

The contest stimulates excellence and a quest for knowledge that results in the development of leadership skills applicable to the livestock industry.

Competition will be limited to 4-H & FFA members exhibiting breeding and/or market beef, sheep, goat or swine at the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Expo and who are classified as high school juniors or seniors.

2015 Poster Contest

Each year, American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union Youth Programs capture the creativity of students across the state of Oklahoma with our annual poster contest. There’s always a remarkable response and each year the home office receives 6,000+ posters. All posters must be returned to your local AFR Insurance Agent or mailed to the address below NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1.

69th Annual Speech Contest

All District Contest registrations will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the contest briefing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Judges and speakers will then disperse to assigned classrooms for competition. Immediately following competition, a meal will be served. Awards, special recognition and final comments will conclude the contest.

AFR Promotes Practical Skills with Youth Livestock Handling Competition

OKLAHOMA CITY-American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) continued its support of Oklahoma youth through the annual Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Competition Dec. 7, 2012. The competition showcased the skills of young 4-H and FFA members in practical, real-life cattle handling scenarios such as weighing for accurate dosage, vaccinating, and tagging calves in a hydraulic chute.

2012 AFR State Speech Contest Winners Announced

OKLAHOMA CITY - American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) concluded its 68th annual AFR Fall Speech Contest series with the state competition in Stillwater, Dec. 1. More than 150 finalists from across Oklahoma showcased their public speaking skills for a chance to win at the state level.

2012 AFR Fall District Speech Contest Winners Announced

OKLAHOMA CITY-American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) wrapped up the 68th annual AFR Fall Speech Contest series this week. Each year, the fall contest series gives more than 500 Oklahoma youth from across the state an opportunity to display their public speaking and leadership skills.

AFR Offers Oklahoma Youth Public Speaking Opportunity

American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) is gearing up for the organization’s 68th annual fall speech contest. Competitors in this year's contest will write speeches based on the theme “I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture.”
AFR and its sister organization, Oklahoma Farmers Union, continue to provide the youth of Oklahoma varied opportunities to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Every year, more than 500 young Oklahomans compete in the fall speech contest.

State Scholarships

American Farmers & Ranchers sponsors college scholarships annually to young people who have been active participants in the Youth Program. College scholarships are given annually to assist participants financially with college and university expenses.

County Scholarships

AFR/OFU assists our county and local organizations by offering a County/Local Match Scholarship Program. The state organization will match each participating county up to $1000, making the total available dollars for County/Local Match Scholarships $2000.

Youth Advisory Council

Each summer, five youth members are elected to serve on the Youth Advisory Council and represent American Farmers & Ranchers youth over the next year. The council assists with various AFR-sponsored events, including SeptemberFest at the Governor’s Mansion, speech contests, the State AFR Convention, and the Youth Leadership Summit.

70th Annual Speech Contest

The deadline for extemporaneous speech contest pre-registration is Monday, December 1

This popular event is held in the fall of each year and is available to members and non-members.

Students in grades 4-12 compete in their respective category at District contests held around the state.

First and second place winners in each of the categories advance to the State Speech Contest held in Stillwater on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

While competing in the contest, the top three category winners in each of the four divisions receive plaques and special recognition.

Each contestant receives a certificate of participation. First, second and third place state contest winners receive plaques and cash scholarships.

Adult Education Programs

American Farmers & Ranchers sponsored adult education programs include leadership development, county and local officer training, women's programs and much more. These programs offer a variety of opportunities for adults of all ages and interests. While building the youth of Oklahoma - the future, AFR also strives to open doors of opportunity and assist current leaders in local communities, this state and nation.

Upcoming Events

08/05/2015 - 1:00pm
08/29/2015 - 11:30am
Lazy E Arena
09/11/2015 - 11:00am
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation