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Youth Development

Program Overview

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.

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.

(L to R) Emilie James, Altus; Justin Dewbre, Dibble; Lane Brown, Guthrie; Hayes Maher, Mooreland; and Brooklan Light, Garber.

Youth Advisory Council

The Council consists of high school juniors and seniors representing AFR youth from across the state. Members of the 2016-2017 Council are: Emilie James, Altus; Justin Dewbre, Dibble; Lane Brown, Guthrie; Hayes Maher, Mooreland; and Brooklan Light, Garber.

Council members participate in agriculture-based service projects throughout the year and assist in planning many AFR Youth Program activities. They also facilitate AFR events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma youth. 

Leadership Summit

The annual AFR Leadership Summit focuses on leadership, teamwork and cooperative skills. Activities are geared towards helping you develop into one of tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.

Participants learned such skills as setting and achieving short- and long-term goals and working in teams. They also learned the value of personal responsibility, respect for their peers and many other positive attributes. 

Speech Contests

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.

Collegiate AFR

CAFR offers agricultural students an opportunity to grow their leadership skills with emphasis on education, cooperation and legislation by meeting with agricultural professionals in Oklahoma.

CAFR will be working with the Leadership Exploration and Development or LEAD program for adult AFR members to provide opportunities for students to travel throughout the school year. Officers have planned for CAFR members to visit the state capitol, livestock producers and other agricultural practices in Oklahoma.

CAFR strives to help develop collegiate members to be successful in their future careers in the agricultural industry by providing them with opportunities to advance their professional development. 

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/18/2017 (All day) to 07/20/2017 (All day)
OSU Stillwater Campus
07/23/2017 (All day) to 07/25/2017 (All day)
Heartland Conference Center
07/26/2017 (All day) to 07/29/2017 (All day)
Heartland Conference Center