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.

Leadership Summit

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.

Registration for the 2014 summit is now closed.

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.

Annual Speech Contest

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.

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.

Youth Agricultural Achievement Contest

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 2014 Oklahoma Youth Expo and who are classified as high school juniors or seniors.

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.

In the News