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Joel Heinzeroth always knew he wanted to farm.  He also wanted to serve his country.  After a 20-year career in the Army, Heinzeroth is retiring this summer at the rank of Major and will work full time on his farm and ranch near Mountain Park in southwest Oklahoma.

His “second” career as a farmer and rancher is made possible by assistance from the Famer Veteran Coalition.

As many of you know the 2017 Initiative for the Women’s Cooperative (WC) is the “Wanted” Blood Drives in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). The WC state council has challenged local and county AFR members to get a donor from every county to a blood drive throughout 2017. 

Oklahoma fire departments that helped fight the early March wildfires in northwest Oklahoma were rewarded for their efforts May 20th when AFR Insurance presented $1,500 checks to each department involved.

Enough blood was donated by Oklahoma FFA members and supporters during their state convention May 2-3, to save 201 lives.  The blood drive was a joint effort between the AFR Women’s Cooperative and the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Throughout 2016, AFR members, youth, agents and local volunteers gathered donations during county and statewide events.   Members were asked to bring nonperishable canned goods to county annual meetings, county fairs, and other local events. Youth at the annual leadership summit played a major role in meeting the Women’s Cooperative goal. 

Tight budgets are forcing schools, and their patrons, to look at creative ways to meet the needs of students.  AFR Insurance agents are meeting the challenge head on.

Schools across Stephens County will receive an $8,039 financial boost thanks to a generous donation from the Stephens County chapter of American Farmers & Ranchers. The donation will be distributed equitably at $1 for every student, based on the average daily student enrollment from 2015-16.

The Toby Keith Foundation has been helping children with cancer since 2006 and continues its services through partnerships with hospitals, caregivers, foundations and civic groups.

Jett owns KC Farms, a family farm and ranch southwest of Slapout. KC Farms is a diversified farm and ranch with irrigated and dryland wheat, forage crops and grass. They also have a commercial cow herd. His long term dedication to conservation was recognized this year by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts as he was inducted into the OACD Hall of Fame. 

The family-friendly event starts at 1:00 PM, June 11th, at Medicine Park. An outdoor concert in Medicine Park runs throughout the day's activities. 

The “Drive Away Hunger with AFR” campaign is asking members to bring canned goods as well as financial contributions to their local and county meetings. Please contact your local food bank for more information regarding your local area’s needs.