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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 10 The History of Cooperation Story by Samantha Smith

We shot the photo above near

07 Legislative Wrap-Up

16 AFR awards numerous scholarships to Oklahoma youth

bustle of the summer harvest.

08 Youth Advisory Council leads AFR into the future

20 From the Desk of the President By Terry Detrick

American Farmers & Ranchers P.O. Box 24000 Oklahoma City, OK 73124 RETURN ADDRESS:

04 Toby Keith Foundation provides comfort for healing families Story by Sam Knipp


El Reno during the hustle and

Check out more photos on our Facebook & Twitter!



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Oklahoma's Farmers Support SQ 777: THE RIGHT TO FARM! IN NOVEMBER 2016, Oklahoma's voters will have the opportunity to defend the hard-working farm families that feed our communities and drive our economy. SQ 777 will create permanent protections in Oklahoma's state constitution, forever preserving the right to farm and ranch. To learn more about SQ 777, and how you can get involved, visit

SQ 777 is endorsed by Oklahoma's leading agriculture groups, including:

American Farmers & Ranchers

Oklahoma Pork Council

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

Oklahoma Farm Bureau

The Poultry Federation

Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council

Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association

Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association

Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association

Oklahoma Cotton Council


VOL. XCVIII, NO. 3 SUMMER 2016 First Published in 1920 AFR Today is published by American Farmers & Ranchers Oklahoma Farmers Union 4400 Will Rogers Parkway Oklahoma City, OK 73108 (405) 218-5400 | (800) 324-7771 Fax: (405) 218-5589 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union P.O Box 24000 Oklahoma City, OK 73124

President Terry Detrick, Ames Vice President John Porter, Edmond

Secretary Paul Jackson, Ringling

STATE EXECUTIVE BOARD District 1 Terry Peach, Woodward

District 4 Bob Holley, Antlers

District 2 Joe Ed Kinder, Frederick

At Large #1 Roy Perryman, Stigler

District 3 Marion Schauffler, Porter

At Large #2 Justin Cowan, Locust Grove

At Large #3 Mike Humble, Cache

EDITING STAFF Sam Knipp Director of Public Relations Samantha Smith Graphic Designer


Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America OUR PRIVACY POLICY: We do not sell our membership information. We do not provide our members’ personal information to persons or organizations outside of our affiliate companies. We afford prospective and former members the same protections as existing members with respect to personal information. INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT: We only collect the member’s name, address, e-mail address and phone number. INFORMATION DISCLOSURE: We do not share any of our members’ personal information with outside entities. Your personal information is iused to mail our monthly publication or advice you of information pertinent to your membership in the organization. It may be used to offer you any of our membership benefits. If you are a policy holder of one of our affiliate insurance companies, your information may be shared to verify correct contact information.


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Poker Run raises funds for SQ 777 The small community of Medicine Park, at the edge of the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma, came alive with the roar of Harley Davidson, Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles, June 11, as the AFR Southwest District LEAD committee sponsored a Poker Run and Red Dirt concert. The event was in support of State Question 777, Oklahoma’s Right to Farm. “This was a demographic the LEAD program had not yet reached to educate on SQ777,” said Bailey Kliewer, SW District LEAD committee chair.

Kliewer, who assisted in planning the event, added, the poker run was a great opportunity to inform the public and encourage a “yes” vote on the state question. “This state question is really important to farmers and all Oklahoma communities,” said Cody Crow, SW LEAD committee member from Elk City. Crow was manning the poker run stop outside the Meer’s Store and Restaurant where a long line of hungry visitors snaked by the SQ777 display. “I thought it was definitely worth my time to

come out here and support a good cause,” Crow said. “We were able to educate a lot of people on the state question and answer their questions.” Approximately 35 participants completed the course of five stops before severe weather stopped the event and forced cancellation of the concert. The five stops included the main concert location in Medicine Park, Love’s Travel stop at Highway 49 exit on I-44, Meer’s Store and Restaurant, Humble Insurance Agency in Cache and the Wind River Harley Davidson dealership in Lawton.

Poker run participants paused for refreshments at the stop near Humble Insurance Agency in Cache.

Motorcycle riders check in at beginning of AFR LEAD poker run June 11.

Cody Crow, left, visits with poker run participants outside Meers store and restaurant.

Burns Flat-Dill City FFA members manned the poker run stop at the Wind River Harley Davidson dealership in Lawton.


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Tracy Knoche, American Farmers & Ranchers mail room, and Karen Little, AFR property underwriting, spend time with young patients and their families at the crafts table in OK Kids Korral dining room.

provides comfort for


Story by Sam Knipp American Farmers & Ranchers

Oklahoma is a rural state and many families have to drive long distances for treatment. Our goal is to provide a service to as many families as possible. Juliet Nees-Bright The Toby Keith Foundation

A simple, hand-written note from Coltrane’s family expressed gratitude for a fun day. Life hadn’t been much fun for Coltrane since he was diagnosed with cancer, but on this day a respite in the form of a Christmas party by employees of American Farmers & Ranchers, brought joy to the 2-year-old. Coltrane and his family were guests of The Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home away from home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment in Oklahoma City. Opened in January of 2014, OK Kids Korral is located near the OU Children’s Hospital. It is the single focus of the Toby Keith Foundation. The idea for the 25,000 sq. foot home sprouted from an experience of a band member’s family whose young child was stricken with cancer. “We accept anyone from newborn to 18 years of age, receiving treatment for cancer,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of The Toby Keith Foundation. “As long as the child needs us, we will be here to help them.” With 16 rooms, OK Kids Korral operates at about 80 percent occupancy. “The number of families we serve has doubled


since we opened.” Nees-Bright said. “Oklahoma is a rural state and many families have to drive long distances for treatment. “Our goal is to provide a service to as many families as possible.” It’s not just Oklahoma families benefiting from the generosity of The Toby Keith Foundation. “We’ve had families from Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and even foreign countries,” Nees-Bright said. Like similar facilities, OK Kids Korral depends on volunteers to make them a success. AFR employees have worked with OK Kids Korral from the beginning. In fact, with 15 to 20 employees volunteering each month, AFR is the number one volunteer group for the OK Kids Korral. “This is a perfect fit for us as we consider public service important,” said Paul Jackson, interim CEO. Each month AFR employees will cook dinner for families staying at the OK Kids Korral. During holidays and other special occasions, employees will often provide party decorations and other gifts to ease the families’ burdens. “We receive such joy and blessings from helping these families,” Jackson said.

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Top Left: Wooden sign welcomes children and their families to the playground area at OK Kids Korral. Bottom Left: Paul Jackson, AFR State Secretary and interim AFR Insurance CEO, helps prepare a meal at OK Kids Korral. Above: Sonja Smith holds her late son, Coltrane, during cancer treatment at OU Children’s hospital in Oklahoma City.

healing families In addition to the social support families receive by staying at OK Kids Korral, there is an economic benefit too. “For a family of four, we estimate the daily savings is $160 to $220,” Nees-Bright said. The average length of time for each family is five days, and Nees-Bright said they see, on average, each family five times a year. “Some kids undergoing a stem cell transplant are with us anywhere from 60 to 90 days. We are forming very, very deep connections with our families.” The strong connections make it difficult when a child does not recover from cancer. “It’s a very difficult process for us and we’re still learning how to deal with it,” Nees-Bright said. “You think you’re prepared and then realize you’re not as prepared as you thought.” The home’s main benefactor and namesake is a frequent visitor. “We never know when Toby is going to drop by for a visit,” Nees-Bright said. “The kids get excited, but the parents get really excited when Toby drops by.” With an annual budget of approximately $500,000,

the home depends on annual fundraisers, including a golf tournament to raise money. “We’re meeting our current needs with the fundraisers,” Nees-Bright said. “We encourage people who are interested to learn more about OK Kids Korral. She said people often ask “what do the families need?” “Anything that makes the families’ lives a little easier,” Nees-Bright said. For example, she said they recently installed a Keurig coffee machine. “Many times our families grab a quick cup of coffee as they head out the door and this is perfect. It’s not a necessity but it’s something they really appreciate.” The holidays are an especially important time to help the families. “One of our donors gave each one of the families staying here at Christmas a gift card that allowed all five of the families staying here to buy something special for Christmas.” Tucked away on N.E. 8th Street in a nondescript neighborhood near the hospital, it’s easy to drive by

the home without knowing this tremendous resource exists. “We just want more people to know about OK Kids Korral and all the services provided to families here in the area.” OK Kids Korral is part of a larger family of organizations dedicated to easing the burden of cancer patients and their families. Nees-Bright rattled off a long list including the Ronald McDonald House, Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation, and Sunshine Kids Foundation. “There are so many groups working to make sick children’s’ lives better.” For the short time Coltrane stayed at OK Kids Korral, his life was better, as we discovered in a letter from Coltrane’s mother, Sonja Smith. The letter informed AFR employees how much Coltrane’s family appreciated their efforts. “The time we spent at Kids Korral was some of the the best times we had had,” Smith said. “It was so nice to have them fix a meal and talk with us.” For more information, contact the Toby Keith Foundation.


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2016 LEAD Golf Tournament July 11, 2016 – Shotgun start at 9 a.m. The Greens Country Club Oklahoma City, OK

AFR will serve as the title sponsor for the LEAD Golf Tournament in Oklahoma City to support State Question 777: Oklahoma’s Right to Farm. Join us for a round of golf as well as a live and silent auction following the tournament.

Registration Team (4 players)


(maximum 34 teams) Single Player



$5 for 1, 4 for $15

(Limit 2 per player)

The tournament will be a four-man scramble with two flights. Lunch will be provided by AFR after the tournament. Your entry fee includes green and cart fees. Contests for the day will include a putting contest, closest to pin contest and longest drive contest. TO REGISTER, CONTACT MEGAN ALBRIGHT AT [email protected] OR 405.218.5416

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Womens Retreat


You could win a $500 Cabela’s gift card!


AFR will be holding a raffle for a gift card to the hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor gear shop throughout the month of July to benefit SQ 777. $20 per ticket Only 100 tickets available! Contact Megan Albright [email protected] 405.218.5416




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LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP: Solving budget deficit was the focus of 2016 legislative session From the first day of this year’s legislative session to the ending gavel in late May, it seemed everything was focused on how to fill a $1.3 billion budget hole. There were other issues, of course, but the budget dominated, so that is where we will begin our review of the session.

STATE BUDGET PROCESS GRINDS TO COMPLETION During the last week of the session, lawmakers finalized a budget for fiscal year 2017 that totaled $6,778,186,009 in appropriations. Legislators had $1.3 billion less available to spend this year, due mainly to the decrease in gross-production tax revenues as a result of the continued downturn in oil and gas prices. To make the budget balance, legislators pulled $65.8 million from the Rainy Day Fund and authorized a $200 million bond. Most other sources of new revenue were rejected in a bipartisan fashion. Increased taxes on cigarettes, sales taxes on horses and federal Medicaid expansion were just a few of the monetary streams that were discussed, but ultimately failed to gain approval during the four-month legislative session. In the absence of an adequate increase in cash to fill the budget hole, lawmakers once again looked to reductions in state agency appropriations. The chart below shows the recent history in funding for several key areas. As a result of the severe cuts in many of the state agency funds, and other programs, few people were happy. “These budget cuts will have a negative impact on rural Oklahoma,” AFR President Terry Detrick said. “The Departments of Transportation and Agriculture perform vital functions for our members in every county. The downward trend in funding for core services is a major concern.”

applauds Governor Fallin for her veto of SB 1142 and subsequent executive actions to responsibly address the feral hog problem in our state. We look forward to working with the Department of Wildlife Conservation in the development of a process that is beneficial for Oklahoma landowners.” There was concern the bill would make it difficult for game wardens to safely and effectively enforce poaching laws as the bill allowed for spotlighting feral hogs.


There was a veiled attempt to balance the budget by taking the “exempt” sales tax status from the horse industry. In a letter to Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, District 51 State Rep. Scott Biggs expressed opposition to the Governor’s budget plan to enforce

a sales tax on horses. Biggs said in his letter that some legislators believe a sales tax on horses would be acceptable because they (horses) are considered a “luxury item.” Biggs said ”this is one of the worst plans that could have been proposed. The horse industry provides the Oklahoma economy with billions of dollars in economic impact. I cannot sit on my hands while an industry I believe in and an industry that is ingrained in this great state is under attack. Agriculture has helped define this state, before it was a state, and will define it well into the future.” AFR supports Rep. Biggs’ letter and a post on the AFR Facebook page has received, to date, almost 35,000 views. There is some concern this could have been a gateway to removing the exempt status from all farms and ranches.

GOV. FALLIN VETOES FERAL HOG BILL Late in the session, Governor Fallin vetoed SB 1142 relating to the Feral Swine Control Act; license and permit requirements. The bill was authored by State Sen. Nathan Dahm and State Rep. Sean Roberts. As part of the veto, Gov. Fallin announced parameters for emergency rules that will streamline the removal of feral swine and preserve public safety. In a statement issued after the veto, AFR President Terry Detrick said “American Farmers & Ranchers





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Youth Advisory Council leads AFR into the future Story by Whitney Wilkinson American Farmers & Ranchers

The American Farmers & Ranchers Youth Advisory Council was started more than 30 years ago and has produced numerous outstanding young leaders. The legacy continues at Senior Leadership Summit, July 24-30, when a new council of five high school juniors and seniors is elected to a one-year term. The youth advisory council members for 20152016 are Ashley Tucker, Grant Wilber, Guess Leonard, Macee Hammack, and Madi Baughman.


The council offers close relationships with other members, serving younger students, the opportunity to mature, and learn how to work with others strengths and weaknesses. They get to share their love and passion for service while meeting people and being the person others can come to in their time of need. The members of the council say their advice to students interested in running for council is “Go after it!” “This is a leadership door to go through to learn,” “Dive in head first because you never know until you try,” “Give it everything you’ve got and show your personality,” and finally, “Get past your fear and doubt of not doing it, reach out for your goals.” These students work with a servant’s heart to be role models to young students across the state. They look for any and every opportunity to help someone in need and are great examples for what the agriculture youth in our state have to offer. Ashley grew up in Fairview doing just about anything she could get herself involved in. A few of these activities were HOSA, BPA, FCCLA, and FFA. She believes in “getting the full experience.” In FFA she competed in agricultural communications, sheep showing, opening ceremonies and meat judging. She has competed at a national level in job interview contests with BPA, HOSA, and FCCLA. Ashley will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall as a broadcast journalism major on an academic and presidential leadership scholarship. She has always been a cowboy at heart but knew as soon as she visited with the professors at OU that would be her home. As a council member her leadership skills have been sharpened by communicating with people from around the state. She has been attending leadership summit since the seventh grade and believes AFR youth council has broadened her perspectives to think outside of the box. “A leader is someone who always does the right thing and puts others before themselves.” Grant is a third generation producer in Cherokee, in northwest Oklahoma. They run a few hundred cattle and have used a no-till system the past 13 years. He is passionate about show pigs and farming, and would love to have his own large scale show pig production. In high school Grant was an active FFA member showing pigs, giving prepared public speeches, livestock judging, attended alumni camp, and having several state FFA proficiencies. In AFR he has attended leadership summit and livestock judging contests. Starting in the fall he will be attending Oklahoma State University majoring in animal science hoping to pursue a doctorate in large animal nutrition specializing in swine, Grant said. Being on the council has helped him meet other council members and build relationships that will last a lifetime. He has made connections with adults who share the same mindset and goals, he said. Being on the council has taught him how influential he has been as a high school student, allowing him to grow

(From left) Madi Baughman, Grant Wilber, Macee Hammack, Guess Leonard and Ashley Tucker.

and mature. He said one thing he learned as a council member is “little actions are more influential now than ever. A leader is someone who does something with actions without recognition and stepping on the edge for everyone else.” Guess grew up near Chelsea, attending Sequoyah High School as an active basketball player, cross country runner, and team roper with his dad and brother. He and his brother started their own small cattle herd. In FFA he served as the vice president for his chapter, showed sheep and cattle, and competed in prepared public speaking. He attended leadership summit where he fell in love with the organization and was very intrigued by the youth council. He plans on attending Rogers State College to obtain an associates degree in biology and will transfer to University of Central Oklahoma to earn a bachelor’s degree in funeral services. He believes this major would be an opportunity to serve and comfort those in need. Being on the council has given him the opportunity to serve as a leader outside of FFA and to be a role model for younger students. This has allowed him to get to know many more students and create personal and long lasting relationships. Guess believes “A leader knows how to be a role model to accomplish a task but knows when to step back and allow someone else to fill the position if they are better suited.” Madi grew up in a small town in Texas but moved to Lone Grove when she was in the 8th grade. In high school she was involved in softball (traveling and school teams), NHS, and FCA. In FFA she showed pigs, gave prepared public speeches, judged livestock, was an officer, and competed in the agricultural communications contest. She was the Salutatorian of her class and plans to go to Northern Oklahoma College on a softball and presidential leadership scholarship majoring in agricultural communications. Prior to joining the council, Madi said she was shy, but being a part of the council has brought her out of her comfort zone by meeting new people. She has made connections all over the state and has become good friends with the entire council. Meeting so many people has influenced her leadership by learning how different types of leaders help people every day. She believes “A leader is someone who is looked up to not because of their words but how they make the people around them feel.” Being a part of the council has helped Madi develop into the person she is today. Macee grew up in Leedey, raising show lambs and cattle on her family’s farm, where they also own the grain elevator and local feed store. In FFA she was involved with many leadership activities and


through the AFR youth program gave speeches and competed in the agricultural achievement contest. She will attend Oklahoma State University in the fall. Being on the council has expanded her networking abilities and making new connections, she said. She loves leadership summit and is excited to work with the younger students. Working with a team has been the biggest blessing and has allowed her to create lifelong friends that she might not have had the opportunity to work with otherwise. She said, “A leader doesn’t worry about themselves and maintains their character.”


Youth Advisory Council students can be from anywhere in Oklahoma with a few guidelines. Either the student or an immediate family member are an AFR policy holder and have attended senior Summit the year before running. At Senior Summit there will be applications available and students who fill those out will complete an interview with a panel of three interviewers. One evening each candidate will present a three minute speech to the students explaining their desire to be a member of the council. Allowing the students to vote on their future council gives them an opportunity to be involved in the selection process. The last night of leadership summit, a banquet is held to honor the outgoing and the incoming council members. After summit is over, the new council quickly digs into events throughout the year. These students represent the youth and American Farmers & Ranchers. They travel around the state helping with events such as Septemberfest, the state AFR speech contests, livestock judging and cattle grading contests. Every year at the State AFR Convention the council will help with the youth program session as well as any set up and tear down necessary. Their last event as council members is to plan both teen and senior sessions of leadership summit. They will help with all of the activities and will be at camp to engage students.

For more information about the AFR Youth Advisory Council, contact: Micaela Danker [email protected] 405.218.5561

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our checkoff activities increased beef demand by 2.1 billion pounds per year? “When I think about the national beef checkoff’s impact, the $11.20 return for every dollar invested is a tremendous feat. Our marketing efforts funded by the beef checkoff have resulted in higher prices for beef producers and importers and sales of more beef in the U.S. and foreign markets. I’m really proud of our checkoff’s achievements.” While you and the Meyers are managing your operations, your checkoff helps build demand for beef and impact your bottom line. Funded by the Beef Checkoff.

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the history of cooperation: doing together what we cannot do alone Story by Samantha Smith Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council

Ever since civilization began, people have seen mutual benefit in working together to achieve a common goal. In discussing the history of cooperatives it is difficult to distinguish between the concept of cooperation — combining efforts for a common goal — from that of forming a user-owned business. “There are examples of businesses with many of the common characteristics of a cooperative in the 1600s and even earlier,” said Phil Kenkel, Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair at Oklahoma State University. “It is difficult to classify those examples as cooperatives since the legal structure for a cooperative, and even the legal structure for a corporation or partnership, did not formally exist.” One of the first examples of a successful cooperative business was the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers which was formed in England in 1844. The Rochdale founders also developed principles for a user-owned business which is now recognized as the first set of cooperative principles. The structure of U.S. agricultural cooperatives can be traced to the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922. Often referred to as the “Magna Carta of Cooperatives,” it led to the Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926 which was the legal framework for incorporating agricultural cooperatives. One of the driving forces behind The CapperVolstead Act was to correct the unintended consequences of another piece of legislation, The Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890. “While the Sherman Act was intended to prohibit the anti-competitive practices of large businesses such as banks and railroads, it was interpreted to also

prohibit the activities of farmers in jointly marketing their commodities,” Kenkel said. In creating The Capper-Volstead Act, lawmakers realized that their goal was to allow agricultural producers to work together in collectively marketing and processing their commodities. That required the legislators to carefully define the types of farm associations and activities that would qualify. In defining the type of farm associations with antitrust exemptions, the legislators looked to the concept of cooperatives and the principles developed by the Rochdale Pioneers. The Capper-Volstead Act is often described as giving “limited immunity to anti-trust prosecution” since it explicitly authorized producers to work together but also places checks and balances to prevent them from unduly increasing prices to consumers. More importantly, in terms of cooperative history, the Capper-Volstead Act described the organization structure for an association to qualify which included membership structure, profit distribution in proportion to use, limits on non-member business, voting structure and limitation on stock dividends. “While the word ‘cooperative’ never appears in the Capper-Volstead Act, the legislation clearly created our current structure of agricultural cooperatives in the U.S.,” Kenkel said. The enabling legislation for U.S. agricultural cooperatives was influenced by the original set of principles proposed by the Rochdale weavers. All cooperatives in the United States and around the world are still guided by a similar set of principles. The most recent version of those principles was


developed by the International Cooperative Alliance and includes: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; patronage in proportion to use; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. Those principles reflect many of the concepts and values of the Rochdale Pioneers and still ring true in cooperatives today. American Farmers & Ranchers is an important part of Oklahoma’s cooperative history., it was organized as a membership services benefit cooperative two years before Oklahoma became a state. “Our members’ benefits are the services we provide, including insurance,” said Terry Detrick, president of American Farmers & Ranchers. “Together, as a whole, we have the opportunity to provide benefits to them that they could not get on an individual basis.” Detrick said the AFR insurance company evolved from the idea of helping one another if a disaster were to happen, showing the heart and soul of Oklahoma’s pioneers. “We had a lot of members in our cooperative, and the idea came up that if each member would put a little money in a pot, and one of the others had a catastrophe of some sort, there would be some money there to help them out,” Detrick said. Agricultural cooperatives were not far behind the insurance co-op in being established. Carrier Mill and Elevator, founded in 1904 and located in Carrier, Oklahoma, is just one of the many agricultural cooperatives still in existence today.

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Photos provided by: American Farmers & Ranchers Triangle Cooperative Service Company Carrier Mill & Elevator

Lee Redman, general manager of Carrier Mill Farmers Elevator Company, provides the services and Elevator, said he still remembers his grandfather that no one else in town does. telling him why co-ops were created. “If it weren’t for our cooperative, we just as “He told me that back then, it was really hard for well not have a town,” Detrick said. “They are our a farmer to sell his wheat, because petroleum source where we get our a lot of companies wouldn’t offer gas, oil and diesel. They service our a bid every day,” Redman said. automobiles. We can buy our feed, “If a farmer needed money, he seed, vet supplies — whatever is would sell some wheat, but if the I do business with my needed — there. They are what company wasn’t buying wheat that keeps our community going.” local co-op because day, he was out of luck. Farmers Even in communities where felt like they were being taken farmers have a choice between I can imagine how advantage of.” doing business with a co-op The idea of owning part of inconvenient it would or an independent company, a business and having control cooperatives still keep the market over how it was operated was an be if it were not there. fair, Redman said. But unless attractive concept to farmers at patrons remain loyal to the co-op, Terry Detrick that time, Redman said. the fair market may be the first American Farmers & Ranchers “They wanted to be treated thing to go. fairly,” he said. “If cooperatives are eventually Cooperatives are set up to be ran pushed out of the equation, by their members and represented independent companies will go by a board of directors. Each right back to where they were member gets one vote, allowing for fair representation years ago taking advantage of farmers on prices,” for large and small producers. Redman said. “They may bid five cents more than “Co-op members have the ability to elect their I do for wheat, but if the co-op wasn’t here, that bid board of directors who decide the direction the would go down 20 to 30 cents because they aren’t company should take,” Redman said. “Each member competing with the co-op anymore.” only gets one vote, so no matter how large or small Detrick reiterated that statement. you are, you have an equal say in the cooperative.” “Loyalty is important to any co-op,” he said. “You Cooperative businesses in rural Oklahoma are have to want to see it stay. I do business with my local often the heart of the town, said Detrick who hails co-op because I can imagine how inconvenient it from Ames, Oklahoma. His hometown cooperative, would be if it were not there.”

Cooperatives have proven time and again that they are here for the long haul, but as with any business structure that spans over centuries, diversification and evolvement is necessary. “Ag co-ops were easy to run back then because everyone had the same needs,” Kenkel said. “Most of the farmers were the same age and needed the same things from the co-op.” Now, as the age of producers spans over decades, the co-op has to offer more services to be relevant to all of its members. Grain marketing, agronomy services, energy, fuel sales, feed mills, farm supply stores and fertilizer plants are a number of the services agricultural cooperatives offer their members today. All of these services make the cooperative system even more relevant today than it was 100 years ago, Detrick said. A portion of that relevancy come from the cooperative system encompassing so much more what it did years ago — a fact that Detrick said he had a hard time envisioning himself. “To me, a co-op was a grain elevator and a gas station,” he said. “Today, there are food cooperatives, housing cooperatives, investment cooperatives —it blew my mind once I finally got past my own corral gate to see what’s happening around the United States with cooperatives and how important they are.” It’s an importance, he says, that surfaces time and time again in rural communities. The idea is ever-evolving, but the goal of cooperatives rings true today: doing together what we cannot do alone.


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Danyelle Seurer Caddo County

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Keylan Young Caddo County

Zephram Foster Cherokee County

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Whitney Lawson Craig County

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Kade Horton Harmon County

Mylah Testerman Harmon County

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Taylor Detrick Major County

Austin Williams Marshall County

Taber Bagley Marshall County

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Kaylee Brunker Payne County

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Bradley Davis Roger Mills County

Orrin Forsythe Rush Springs

Jonathan Sorrels Stephens County

Kady West Stephens County

Lexi Roulston Tecumseh

Gus Hull Tecumseh

Jarret Tyra Tillman County

Hunter Miller Woodward County

Cassandra Hembree Marietta


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Annie Blassingame Shawnee

Ashley Tucker Fairview

Barrett Powell Meno

Bethany Harder Battiest

Brady Womack Morris

Brooks McKinney Spiro

Brynn Danker Wellston

Courtney Coulson Wellston

Courtney Jackson Ringling

Desiree Masterson Spiro

Gatlin Squires Kingfisher

Grant Wilber Cherokee

Guess Leonard Chelsea

Hallie Barnes Hulbert

Jacob Grossnicklaus Ninnekah

Jarred Strate Fairmont

Jordan Storey Idabel

Kellan Hostetler Billings

Laura Wood Vinita

Macee Hammack Leedey

Madi Baughman Ardmore

Megan DeVuyst Morrison

Ryan Danker Wellston

Sadie Higgins Cement

Sarah Stoll Indiahoma

Tyler Schnaithman Garber

Whitney Wilkinson Cement


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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), addressed a group of AFR leaders meeting at BancFirst in Marlow on May 31.

Becky and Mike Graham, Marlow, center, hosted a meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, May 31 in Marlow. Also attending the meeting was AFR President Terry Detrick, left. Rep. Cole is on the right.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole speaks with AFR members in Marlow U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), addressed a group of AFR leaders meeting at BancFirst in Marlow, May 31. The event was hosted by Becky and Mike Graham, Marlow. “I think it’s important that we learn about what’s going on in Washington, D.C.,” Mike Graham said. Among the issues covered by Rep. Cole, were the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), presidential elections and EPA over regulation. “Congress has cut the EPA budget by 24 percent since 2010,” Cole said, “but they still have rule making authority. What we really need is a president that will appoint an EPA administrator that is agriculture and business friendly.”

Cole said the controversial TPP, which is a trade agreement among countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, would probably not be resolved this year. “It’s going to be tricky to pass it since the people running for president don’t support it,” Cole said. While declining to say which presidential candidate he supports, Cong. Cole said this is the most interesting election he has experienced. “This is the strangest election I’ve ever seen,” Cole said, referring primarily to Donald Trump. Cole said the public is clamoring for change and with Trump that could definitely happen. He noted the general feeling that very little is getting accomplished in D.C. today.

“They (public) probably don’t think so, but we passed the first multi-year highway bill since 2005, first overhaul of education k-12 since 2002, lifted the ban on petroleum exports, and more, so there actually has been quite a bit of legislation passed,” Cole said. For those concerned about the current economy and direction of the country, Cong. Cole has a message for you: “This country has a long history of getting through tough challenges. Despite low ag commodity and oil prices, we still have an incredible quality of life. When you live in a country where people are trying to get in, not get out, probably tells you that you are pretty lucky to be an American.”

LEAD sponsors cattle seminar AFRs LEAD program sponsored the Noble Foundation’s Cattle Production Seminar, May 27, at the Oswalt Ranch, located north of Marietta. Maggie Scott, Noble Foundation events manager, described the life of Lloyd Noble and how he started the organization. Scott said the Noble Foundation was established in 1945, a short decade after the dustbowl, which had devastated Oklahoma’s regional agriculture development. The Noble Foundation’s early efforts focused on education and encouraging area farmers and ranchers to practice land stewardship and resource conservation. Seminar participants toured the cattle handling facility, where nearly 6,000 head of cattle were processed earlier this year. It was built nine years ago with a rock foundation to reduce mud and allow the sun to dry the ground faster. The working chute was fully automatic and the main focus was to maintain the safety and welfare of the livestock. They use Cattletime software to document each animal that goes through the chutes. This program connects to a tablet or Ipad and will track each animal’s weight, birthday, medicines, etc. This facility will sort the cattle 13 different ways and can process nearly 30-40 head per hour. Devlon Ford, Noble Foundation research associate at Oswalt Ranch , demonstrated GrowSafe, a feed and water system used for recording each animal’s weight and tracking their feed consumption. Ford explained it is fully automated and is a no stress environment they have been using for seven years. Lunch was sponsored by AFRs LEAD program while participants had the opportunity to network with other members from across the state. During an afternoon session with Robert Wells, Ph.D. livestock consultant and strategic consultant, the group learned how Integrity Beef Alliance helps

develop products to assist producers in marketing livestock. In addition, they educate members and public about safe cattle practices. Wells said the benefits include management practices, good marketing, and high quality beef. Each producer is paid on a per pound basis for Black Angus and Charolais cattle that are dehorned, castrated and vaccinated. This program decreases shrink on cattle to nearly two percent. Wells also spoke about the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and how producers can get certified. Attendees learned there are many benefits to obtaining a BQA certification. Mike Proctor, research associate, explained cattle GPS collars and the VSLA (Very Large Scale Aerial) cattle tracking program. Over the past five years the Oswalt Ranch has been tracking cattle using the GPS collars. Every two to five minutes the animal’s location is recorded as a “fix”. In this five year time range there were almost four million fixes for the cattle in this pasture. These tracking systems showed which land the cattle preferred to be on and their movement habits. This allowed the Noble Foundation to realize the land that was being used to its full potential. James Rogers, Ph.D. and assistant professor, wrapped up the day talking about regional grazing practices and forage management technology. A few new technology systems he talked about were Epreg testing, Stocktake Plus, the Ground Cover Monitoring Project and Canopeo. Canopeo was created by Oklahoma State University and is a rapid and accurate green canopy cover management tool. He noted that nearly 78 percent of Oklahoma producers do not soil test. Using Collar Tech producers are able to tract the parts of the pasture the cattle use to their full potential and how to increase the use of other areas by maintaining topography and soil types.


Devlon Ford, Noble Foundation research associate at Oswalt Ranch, demonstrated GrowSafe, a feed and water system used for recording each animal’s weight and tracking their feed consumption, during recent Noble Foundation cattle production seminar sponsored by AFRs LEAD program.

Mike Proctor, research associate, explained cattle GPS collars and the VSLA (Very Large Scale Aerial) cattle tracking program, during a recent Noble Foundation cattle production seminar.

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Roof Repair Guidelines

Farm safety videos available

By Chad Yearwood, CPCU, AIC, AIS, ARe, APA AFR Insurance Claims Director

As we have come to expect here in Oklahoma, this spring has brought several storms to our great state. And while rain is usually welcomed, we sometimes endure property damage along with it. When our policyholders file claims for roof damages done by wind or hail, we frequently receive a number of questions about how they can safeguard themselves when selecting someone to do the repair work. Here are a few guidelines that are commonly recognized as good practices to accomplish that: • Look for local or established roofers that can give you verifiable references. • Inquire if they carry liability insurance coverage for their work. • Ask for a detailed estimate that clearly outlines the work to be done, estimated completion time, and payment terms. • Be wary of documents you are asked to sign unless you plan to use that roofer for the work, and read any documents you are asked to sign carefully. • Be cautious of anyone who promises to refund

your deductible, or who offers to give you gifts (such as a television) in exchange for the work. • Do not pay the entire repair bill in advance. Hopefully these tips will be helpful in assuring you choose a roofer that you are comfortable with. Once you have selected a roofer, another valuable tip is to inquire with your roofer about the cost of installing Class 4 impact-resistant roofing materials. They are manufactured to offer better resistance to hail, which may help you avoid damages that could arise from another storm. And while this may save you another claim (and deductible) in the future, you may also be eligible to receive a discount on your insurance policy right now!

Danker selected as AFR Youth Coordinator American Farmers & Ranchers has hired Micaela Danker as the AFR Youth Development Coordinator. “Micaela’s strong background in agriculture and AFR youth programs makes her a good fit for us,” Terry Detrick, AFR president, said. “Surfacing and developing youth leaders are a priority for AFR as we strive to improve the lives of rural Oklahoma.” Danker, whose family has a small livestock business near Wellston, Okla., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University. She has been involved in AFR youth programs since participating in AFR’s youth leadership summit as a first grade elementary student. “This is a perfect job for me,” Danker said. “Both my parents are educators in the public school system and working with students has been a passion and life goal for me.”

Danker said she hopes to build on AFR’s rich heritage in Oklahoma youth programs. “We (AFR) have worked well with the 4-H and FFA programs and want to continue developing tomorrow’s leaders.” One of the key components to AFR’s youth development program is the group’s annual leadership summit, July 24-30. “We bring 150 students from middle school to high school in for a fun and educational event, teaching them goal setting and leadership skills,” Danker said. “This is a great opportunity for participants to network with other students and grow as individuals.” In addition to the leadership summit, Danker will also coordinate the annual AFR youth speech contest, poster contest, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contest, livestock judging and grading, and many other youth leadership opportunities.

As farmers busily work on the farm this time of year, National Farmers Union (NFU) hopes to raise awareness about farm safety issues and best practices through a series of 10 educational videos. The videos, available at, educate farm and ranch families, agriculture workers, consumers who visit a farm, and members of the public about hazards and proper safety procedures to avoid farm-related accidents or casualties. Each AFR board of director has a copy of the safety videos. For additional copies, contact Lin Zwilling, [email protected] (405) 218-5590. “Understanding the dangers on and around the farm and how to avoid them can make a lifesaving difference when operating heavy machinery or working around livestock,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Through this program, NFU hopes to build mass awareness and contribute to reducing the number of annual farm-related accidents.” Nearly 500 farm work-related deaths occur annually, according to a 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, and machinery accidents account for approximately a quarter of them. Four of the NFU videos focus on topics related to farm equipment. Other video topics include safety measures for livestock handling, grain hauling and storage, chemical use and keeping kids safe on the farm. An unfortunate number of farm accidents involve children under the age of 20 – four-in-five of which are not labor related, Johnson explained. “It is important for everyone to stay aware and be safe,” he said. “Especially in rural communities where cars share the roads with farm machinery and families and friends visit local farms.” NFU’s farm safety videos were made possible by the generous support of CHS Foundation, National Farmers Union Foundation, American Farmers & Ranchers, National Farmers Union Insurance, Hastings Mutual Insurance, Midwest Agency, North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance and Montana Farmers Union.

Wilkinson named AFR intern Whitney Wilkinson, Cement, Okla., has begun a summer internship program at American Farmers & Ranchers in Oklahoma City. Wilkinson’s duties will focus on working with AFR’s youth program, specifically leadership summit, and other programs such as the LEAD program. “I’ve participated in AFR youth programs since my sophomore year in high school,” Wilkinson said, “and I have seen how the programs really help rural youth gain valuable life skills.” Wilkinson is a senior majoring in animal science and agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. She is involved in the National Panhellenic Conference, representing Delta Delta Delta sorority, Block and Bridle Club, and Alpha Zeta professional fraternity for agriculture. “I really enjoy working with people and being involved in agriculture,” Wilkinson said. The southwest Oklahoma native said her goal is to earn a Master’s degree in agricultural communications

and start a career in animal agriculture advocacy. “I have a strong passion for working in agriculture and serving others,” she said. “I want to help consumers understand more about agriculture.” Wilkinson comes by her agricultural passion naturally. Her father, Ricky Wilkinson, is the agricultural education instructor at Cement High School, and the family has a small livestock business in rural Caddo County.

Only a few spots remain on AFR’s Fall Ag and Historic Conference There are still a couple of spots available on the AFR Fall Ag and Historic Conference in Oregon, Sept. 24-30. This is your opportunity to learn more about Portland and the Oregon coastal region. For more information, contact Paul Jackson, (405) 218-5559, or Marilyn Sanders, (405) 218-5567. Deadline is July 13. The photo shown above is just one of the many sights that will be seen during the trip to Oregon.


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AFR Diamond Level Title Sponsor of Oklahoma FFA Convention



American Farmers & Ranchers has a rich history of supporting the Oklahoma FFA. That legacy continued this year as AFR increased support to the Diamond level sponsorship. “We are strong supporters of our state’s youth,” Terry Detrick, AFR President said, “and we believe FFA programs play a major role in the success of our young leaders. We encourage the FFA members to be active in their communities and be true leaders.” AFR’s strong support of the state’s largest agriculture youth organization fits well with that group’s mission statement: “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” “We strive to improve the lives of rural Oklahomans,” Detrick said, “and our support of the FFA is a good fit with their mission statement.” As you can tell from these photos, AFR indeed played a significant role at this year’s Oklahoma FFA convention at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City.



Photo Captions 1. AFR leader Randy Gilbert, Tecumseh, speaks to the FFA membership as part of his role as the new chairman of the FFA Foundation. 2. AFR President Terry Detrick accepts honors for AFR’s support during FFA convention. 3. AFR staff members Megan Albright and Lin Zwilling interact with FFA members at the FFA trade show. 4. AFR President Terry Detrick poses backstage during the FFA convention with two of the award winners sponsored by AFR. 5. AFR northeast field representative Jim Pilkinton reviews the FFA program with two members of the FFA choir. 6. Screen shot of AFR video played during the FFA general sessions.


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News release provided by the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center

With warmer weather on the way, many Oklahomans will be firing up their grill. Summer is typically a time of creating fun-filled memories and delicious meals; however, if the meal is not prepared properly, it could be a source of foodborne disease. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service, foodborne illness peaks during the summer months, as harmful bacteria tend to grow faster in warmer, more humid weather. Food safety isn’t just for the food manufacturing plants, it is important in the home as well, said Peter Muriana, food microbiologist for Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. “Everything we eat has some degree of foodborne illness risk associated with it,” Muriana said. “Generally, those people who practice good foodhandling practices are less likely to acquire foodborne illness, but they are still not completely invulnerable to it. When consumers practice risky food-consumption practices and get away with it, there is often a sense that the caution was unwarranted, and they may continue those practices until someone gets sick.” FAPC wants Oklahomans to have a safe and fun summer and suggests the following food safety tips when preparing favorite, summertime meals.


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Completely thaw meat and poultry in the refrigerator before grilling, so it cooks evenly. Never thaw raw meats on a countertop or in a sink. Thawing at room temperature increases the risk of bacteria growth at the surface of the meat, even though the interior may still be chilled. Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter, where bacteria can multiply. Discard leftover marinade. Do not use it on cooked foods as a dressing or dipping sauce because it could contain bacteria. Do not use the same utensils, platters and basting brushes for both raw and cooked meat. Juices from the raw meat may contaminate cooked food. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after preparing any food product.

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Use a food thermometer to make certain the meat is thoroughly cooked. Cook meat to proper temperatures by using the following internal temperature guide: Beef, pork, lamb and veal: 145 degrees

Keep foods, such as cooked hamburgers/ hotdogs, condiments, cheese slices and others, covered with a clear cover or wrap to prevent flies from landing and spreading their germs.



Fahrenheit (Allow 3 minutes to rest before consuming). Ground meats: 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken: 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator within two hours after cooking is complete. Leftovers should be divided into smaller portions and stored in shallow, airtight containers. They should be eaten within three to four days. If large amounts are left, consider freezing for later use. Do not wait until the leftovers have been in the refrigerator for several days to freeze. Frozen leftovers should be eaten within six months. Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and never taste leftover foods that look or smell strange.



INGREDIENTS 2 beef strip steaks bone-in, cut 1 inch thick (12 to 15 ounces each) 4 ears corn, husked 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Salt Lime Wedges (optional) SEASONING 1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice



AFR TODAY TRADING POST Farm & Ranch Equipment

AFR TODAY TRADING POST ADS P.O. BOX 24000, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73124 PHONE: 405-218-5590 FAX: 405-218-5589 [email protected] Classified advertising in the Trading Post is available free of charge to all paid-up members of AFR. Ads must be of personal nature and strictly non-commercial. Commercial ads and ads for non-members can be purchased at the rate of $1 per word, paid in advance. Member ads must be 30 words or less, unless the member pays in advance for additional words. Each member is limited to one advertisement per issue. Advertising will not be accepted for services or products in direct competition with those offered by AFR or affiliates. AFR reserves the right to not print any ad deemed inappopriate.

Boats, RVs, Campers & Trailers

For Sale-1948 John Deere Row Crop B (Gas). Serial #221648. $1,850. Call 918/869-8855.

For Sale- 2016 17ft Keystone SummerLand, Bumper Pull with Power Hitch. Never Used. $11,500. Call 405/640-0228.

For Sale-1967 Farmall 806 (Diesel). Serial #40458. $3,850. Call 918/869-8855.

For Sale-2007 Gulf Stream 30’ bumperpull toy hauler. Fully contained, 3.7 auxiliary generator. $13,450. Call 405/624-2448.

For Sale-2010 Mi-T-M, 2000 PSI hot water pressure washer. 220 volts, diesel or kerosene. Used only 5 times, excellent condition. $2,150. Call 405/624-2448. For Sale- ‘08 John Deere Cab Dozer 550 J new rails and rollers. Well maintained, real good condition. Retired Call 580/372-8698 or 580/372-7523. For Sale- Krause 2426 Tam/offset disc/front Disc & Bearings New 2015. Call 580/8863345. For Sale – Garden tiller, $150 cash. Email me at [email protected] for additional information and photos. For Sale-Woods 15’ mower. Call 580/8863345. For Sale- Jauorsky Field Cultivator 32 ft. Call 580/886-3345. For Sale- 225 gal. diesel tank (on stand). Call 580/886-3345. For Sale-6x16 Pull Stock Trailer. Call 580/886-3345. For Sale - 1995 Massey Ferguson 231 diesel tractor with 3pt brush hog. Like new condition. Low hours. $6500. Call 580/829-3153. For Sale-1963 John Deere 4010 LP Standard. $2500. Call 580/829-3153. For Sale - Garden Tiller $150.00 cash; email me [email protected] for additional information and photos!

For Sale- 1986 Model Coleman pop-up camper, new tires, air conditioner, trails well, sleeps-six, needs some repairs $800. Talihina. Call 918/471-5903.

Household Items For Sale- Pro-Form XP Thin Line 480 Elliptical Exerciser. Bought 12/6/08. Used about 2 years. Have book and receipt. Paid $700, asking $150. Works like new. Heart rate, fan, all the extras. Call 405/279307 or 405/566-9334.

Vehicles For Sale-2000 Freightliner Single Axle. Air Ride Cab with Sleeper. 10 Speed Transmission. 460 Cummins Motor. $11,500. Call 580/554-0987.

Miscellaneous For Sale- Automotive Brake Lathe, AccuTurn model 8922, excellent condition, all accessories $ 1600. Call 580/244-3836. For Sale-110-year-old used bricks, cleaned. 50 cents each. You haul. Wister, OK. Call 918/655-3126. Free help understanding Medicare and Medicare supplements for AFR/OFU members 65 or older. Including Parts A, B, C, and D, Open Enrollment, Guarantee Issue, sign up times, etc. Call Melodie 580/2763672. For Sale-Antique 59-year old Gretsch Electric Guitar. Has model and serial number inside. Sunburst finish. Very nice collector item. Call 580/332-2468. For Sale- Antique theatre seats. Cast Iron frames, curved backs and seats. Groups of 2 to 5. 15 seats $150 for all. Call 405/3060426. For Sale- 80 Acres working 35 cow place building site overlooking pond, seasonal creek, rural water south of Bristow. Surface only $2500 per acre. Call 918/623-1663. For Sale- Large collection of Barbie Dolls, includes special edition dolls, collectable dolls, and play dolls, also Elvis, I Love Lucy, and Gone with the Wind dolls. Will sell one or a dozen. Call 405/945-0670.


Hay, Feed & Seed For Sale-Horse quality Sm. Sq. Alfalfa $9 each. Pocasset, OK. Call 405/459-6543 or 405/574-5571.

In Search of: Wanted-Deck or fence jobs near Shawnee or Prague. Phyllis, 918/866-2468 or Rowdy, 405/706-5233. Wanted-Mineral Rights. Any county like Carter, Grady, Kingfisher or Blaine: states like Oklahoma, North Dakota. If you’re thinking of selling part of your mineral rights, call me before you sell. Call 580/227-2456. Wanted-Interesting and classic vehicles. Call Lee 405/613-1857. Wanted-Old cars, hard tops and convertibles. Running or not. Call 918/4823272. Wanted-Old gas pumps, car dealership and farm equipment signs and memorabilia. Call 580/530-9067. Wanted-Any Oklahoma Farmers Union memorabilia (pictures, agency signs, elevator items, old charters, etc.). Call 405/218-5559.

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Former OFU President and Chief Executive Officer, Phil Klutts, passed away April 27 at his home in Okemah at the age of 80. Here is his obituary, courtesy of the Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Okla. Phillip Q. Klutts was born September 20, 1935 in Boley, Oklahoma to Quinton L. Klutts and Voysie (York) Klutts. Phillip was one of three children raised on a farm in Seminole County. After graduating from High School as class valedictorian, he earned a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma with high scholastic marks including Pi Epsilon Tau (Petroleum Engineering Top Ten Percent), Tau Beta Pi (Top Five Percent all Engineering) and Sigma Tau. He worked as an engineer and engineering supervisor over thirty years in the oil and gas and aircraft industries. He was a project design and construction management Engineer at Tinker Air Force Base and Project Engineer in the design, testing and operation of aircraft components and systems. During these same years, he built successful farming and ranching and insurance businesses. At the same time, he was involved in a broad range of community service activities. He served on the local School Board and various other local boards. He helped organize and was actively involved in building a rural water district to serve his home community, was its Chairman for more than 22 years and had served on the Board of Directors. While holding a full time job and farming and ranching, he owned and operated a very successful insurance agency. He also became active in the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, was elected to the Board of Directors, having served as president. During his years as President of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, he was actively involved in relocation of the state headquarters into a new office facility near the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. He was actively involved in legislation at the national level to allow rural water systems to buy back their loans from the Farmers Home Administration at deep discounts, saving Oklahoma’s rural water systems millions of dollars and billions nationwide. In the mid-1980s, he purchased a local Farmers Union insurance agency, and later was elected to the State Board of Directors. Thereafter he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Phillip also

served on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Water Association. In addition, as Board Chairman, he was actively engaged in the Washington, DCbased national, non-profit organization, Experience WORKS, Inc., in setting policy, directing and communicating with management to benefit and provide jobs to approximately 20,000 low income, older Americans throughout the nation. He also was a landowner providing a home for the Okemah Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt for more than 20 years. On December 17, 1954 in Eufaula, Oklahoma, he married Josephine Bean and was a member of the Okemah First Baptist Church. Other professional accomplishments and awards include: • Board member and original organizer of Rural Water Chairman District 2, Okfuskee, County. • Recipient of the Friend of the Cattle Industry Award from the National Livestock Market Association. • CY Carpenter Award in 2009 given to a “person whose leadership has helped lived of low income and older Americans.” • Oklahoma Rural Water Association “Hall of Fame Pioneer Award” in 1994. • Water Pioneer of Oklahoma awarded at the Governor’s Water Conference. • Man of the Year Award from the OK Rural Water Association. • Honorary FFA Chapter Degree award from the Okemah FFA. • Honorary 4-H Club Membership Award from the Okfuskee County 4-H Club. • Inducted into the Okemah Hall of Fame for a lifetime work and accomplishment in community service. • The founding director of ORWAAG that insured local rural water districts (1988-2016). He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack Klutts and one sister, Sue Nell Brown. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Josephine Klutts of the home; one son, Stanley Klutts and wife Netta of Okemah; one daughter, Annette Bohannon and husband Johnny of Eufaula; six grandchildren, Sage Klutts, Cheyenne Klutts of Okemah and Gus Klutts of Wilburton, Oklahoma and Kelby Bohannon and wife Michelle of Southwest City, Missouri and Ty Bohannon and wife Brandi of Eufaula and Antonio Graham of Tulsa; and five great-grandchildren, Brody, Bryor, Baylor and Braddock Bohannon and Keaton Givens.

CLARIBEL JANE PERRYMAN The mother of AFR board of directors’ member Roy Perryman, Claribel Perryman, passed away earlier this year. Here is her obituary, courtesy of King and Shearwood Funeral Home, Stigler, Okla. Claribel Jane Horton Perryman was born September 10, 1926, to Fredrick Kindblade “Dick” Horton and Clara Jane Hull Horton near Carnegie, Oklahoma. She died Monday, January, 25, 2016, in Stigler, at the age of 89 years, 4 months and 15 days. Claribel was educated in the Alden Public Schools south of Carnegie and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where she met James L. Perryman who was training at the Burns Flat Naval Air Station during World War II. Claribel and James were married on November 19, 1944 in Cordell before James’ deployment to the South Pacific as a member of the Naval Air Corps. After the War, Claribel and James moved to Russellville, Arkansas and later to Stillwater where James graduated with a Vocational Agriculture degree. They moved to Kinta in 1949 where they lived for more than 37 years. When their youngest child started school, Claribel began a career working for the State at the Haskell County Health Department. After retirement Claribel and James made their home in Stigler. Claribel was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Clara Horton; mes, her husband of 59 years, a son Ronald Joe Perryman; her brother Edwin Horton; her sister, Norma Prufert. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Ann Autrey of Brooken; four sons, Roy and wife Judy of Stigler, Rob and wife Vicki of Stigler, David and wife Jo of Chickasha, Doug and wife Doris of Wilburton; 15 grandchildren, Carissa Williams, Jayme Craig, Cody Autrey, Trey Autrey, Becky Seda, Tyler Perryman, James Perryman, John Perryman, Morgan Benham, Blair Christenberry, Whitley Benham, Shelly Reeves, William Vaughn, Houston Yeager, Wilene Messex; 27 great grandchildren, Malik Perryman, Jaylee Craig, Faith Vaughn, Alex Seda, Claire Autrey, Camden Vaughn, Mason Buffington, Lilly Autrey, Landon Seda, Peyton Perryman, Mabri Buffington, Nicolas Yeager, Emma Autrey, Cole Seda, Aubrey Yeager, Cooper Christenberry, Kayly Autrey, Henry Perryman, Ali Reeves, Harper Perryman, Trinity Autrey, Tucker Perryman, Benjamin Perryman, Jesslyn Reeves, Hudson Christenberry, Jena Williams, Kati Williams; many other children who called her GG, including, Jana, Brittany, Haley, Kaylen, Stephanie Fagg, Hunter Slater.


For Sale-Limousin Bull, 2 ½ years old. $2,850 and Angus Bull, 18 months old, $2,450. Pictures at or call 580/364-6592. Atoka

For Sale-Brangus Bulls and fancy replacement heifers. Top quality genetics, gentle dispositions. Delivery available. Horsehead Ranch. Call 918/695-2357.

For Sale-Performance tested PB yearling Gelbvieh bulls. Red, black and dbl polled. Low birth weights, docile, fertility tested. Beef, butts and guts. Inda Gelbvieh. Call 405/282-4134 or 405/650-3481.

Professional Sheep Shearing. Call 580/3368766 or 580/455-2481.


For Sale-Reg. Beefmasters. Bulls, cows, heifers (bred and opens), show heifers. Red, black, and dunn. Polled and horned., Call 918-253-8680 or 918/557-6923. For Sale-Brangus Bulls and fancy replacement heifers. Top quality genetics, gentle dispositions. Delivery available. Horsehead Ranch. Call 918/695-2357. For Sale-Registered longhorn starter herds. Registered longhorn bulls, heifers and bred cows start at $950 each. See pictures on our website at or call 580/364-6592. Atoka

For Sale-Miniature horses, show quality and pet/companion prices, AMHA & AMHR registered, $300-500. Stillwater, OK. Call 405/707-7143. For Sale- Plemmons Angus Ranch 25- 18 month old Angus Bulls for sale. Battiest, OK. Call 580/306-1024.

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20 — AFR Today

Celebrating our freedom! FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT TERRY DETRICK With the recent Memorial Day events fresh on The present times and freedoms we enjoy are the my mind, I’ve thought about the true meaning of this result of God honoring, principled, Americans who important holiday. were committed to doing what was right, benefitting Yes, we do celebrate Memorial Day—but, what are ‘others’ and not self—A spirit of service, gratitude, and we celebrating? We are celebrating efforts by brave giving to others at the expense of self, if necessary— souls whose triumph with God’s everything opposite of selfishness. help and blessings have given I am appalled by comments this nation the freedom we’ll surrounding one of the dominating celebrate again, Independence news stories capturing the radio We must be protected waves as I traveled from cemetery Day, July 4th. This celebration is like none services back to Oklahoma City. from a future other for me. It is a celebration The continuous comments were with mixed emotions. It is regarding the little boy’s life that was legislature that is a time to remember with joy saved that day by a prompt decision and thankfulness those who of professional animal handlers sure to come under triumphed and survived, but sacrificing a gorilla’s life for that of also at the same time I have a a child who had fallen into a zoo’s an ever increasing feeling of sadness—Sad for gorilla pit, only to face a barrage those who made the ultimate of criticism from people across the voter influence of sacrifice, their families who nation. miss them, children who grew Even after professional animal this type. up without them, sacrifices made handlers with a love for the animals Terry Detrick because they had a convicting and an attachment to them explained AFR President commitment and love for their in detail; since this was a male country and a vision of what it gorilla and not a female with caring, could become. Has it? motherly instincts and since they We are definitely living could see the 400 pound male gorilla in ‘transformational times’ of becoming increasingly worked up political unrest, brash accusations directed at fellow and wild-eyed and knowing a tranquillizer needle Americans who are also willing to lay it all on the would panic him more and need up to 10 minutes to line—but, with what motives? take effect, they had only one choice and that was to

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put the animal down immediately. A little boy’s life was saved. Yet, over and over again, animal rights activist groups are being critical and threatening lawsuits. One quote I saw by an animal activist group said, “Tranquillizers should’ve been used to save the animal’s life!” People who are totally untrained, yet seem to have all the answers, captured the news. That, my dear friends, is why we must pass SQ 777, Right to Farm! We must be protected from a future legislature that is sure to come under an ever increasing voter influence of this type, from passing such a law to mandate ‘try the tranquillizer first’! Far Fetched? Not on your life! Who are we as a nation today? Who will we be as a nation tomorrow? Or will we even be one? Even on the State level, have you done your homework as we face the June 28 primary elections? Are you seeking sacrificial candidates with principled convictions or favoring someone who is best representing your ‘personal, selfish’ desires. We ended the cemetery services at Ames, my hometown community, with voices of over one hundred people singing with conviction and patriotism, ‘God Bless America’! As a State and Nation, is that truly our desire? If so, shouldn’t we act like it? Thank you, have a safe summer, do something good for someone today, and thank you for giving me this opportunity!

- Terry

American farmers & ranchers women’s conference wyndham garden oklahoma city airport • 2101 S Meridian Ave.

oklahoma city 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10 a.m. How to Get Involved in the Women’s Cooperative Suzanne Gilbert 10:30 a.m. Advocating for Agriculture and Women Betty Thompson 11 a.m. Networking & Development for Women in the Workplace (Girl Talk) Cara Ferrell 1 p.m. Women’s Safety Kerry Spencer 2 p.m. Painting Each attendee will create their own painting led by a professional artist.

What is girl talk? Is a woman’s language of success different than a man’s? Most women tend to spend a great deal of time “thinking” and “feeling”. When those non-direct words are used in our vocabulary it can lead to an unclear message. In the Girl Talk session we will discuss how to communicate with confidence, making direct statements without hedging, and asserting yourself through language without appearing aggressive. We will then utilize our girl power to practice our networking skills and make new professional connections.

if you would like to attend the Oklahoma women in ag and small business conference on August 4-5 in moore, AFR will cover the $50 registration fee for 25 ladies also attending the AFR Women’s Conference on august 6. For more information, contact megan albright at405-218-5416, [email protected] or