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2018 State Convention

General Information

The 2018 American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Co. annual policyholder meeting and the Oklahoma Farmers Union State Convention is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16th -17th and 18th at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive, Norman, OK.

Both dues alone and policyholder members are eligible to attend the convention as delegates but dues alone members will only be allowed to vote on matters of the cooperative and policy holders are eligible to vote on both cooperative and insurance matters. Different color badges will distinguish between the two categories. Only registered delegates wearing a delegate badge may vote in the election of Officers and Directors.

Elections

One Officer’s position, one Independent District Board of Director seat and two Agent Director’s Board seats will be decided during this 113th Convention. The Officer and Board of Directors’ seats up for election are: Vice President, Independent Director District 2, Agent Director District 1, and Agent Director District 4.

Schedule of Events

Friday

9:00a
Convention Opens
Agent CE Earthquake Coverage
Dennis Stone, Stone Insurance Education, LLC
9:30a
Policy Committee Meeting
10:00a
Trade Show Opens
Agent CE e2Value Sponsored by BriteCore
Todd Rissell, CEO & Co-Founder, e2Value
Krista Komro, Director of Field Services, e2Value
11:15a
Agent Recognition Lunch Sponsored by Willis Re
1:00p

First General Session Begins

Agent Resource Room Opens Sponsored by BriteCore
5:30p
Trade Show Closes
Agent Resource Room Closes
6:00p
Reception & Entertainment by A Bar Bunkhouse Band
Entertainment sponsored by Oklahoma AgCredit & Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. Reception sponsored by BancFirst, Oklahoma Beef Council, and The Poultry Federation.
Youth Activity Pizza & Movie
7:15p

Second General Session Begins

7:45p
Live PAC Auction
9:00p
Northwest Area Meeting

Saturday

8:00a
Convention Opens
8:30a
Youth Program Assembly
8:45a

Third General Session Begins

9:00a
Trade Show Opens
Women's Cooperative Blood Drive Begins
10:45a
Youth Leadership Breakout
Marty Jones & Trevor Lucas, We Talk Life
11:45a
Women's Cooperative Awards Lunch
1:30p
Youth Activity
1:15p

Fourth General Session Begins

3:30p
Womens' Cooperative Breakout
Jamey Allen, Director of Market Development Services, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
4:00p
Trade Show Closes
5:45p
VIP Reception Sponsored by Exencial Wealth Advisors, Hosted by AFR LEAD
6:45p

Convention Banquet

Sunday

9:00a
Worship & Memorial Service
10:45
Convention Closes, Final Drawing

Special Guests

We are siblings who farm together with our parents near Assaria, KS. We produce entertaining and educational videos on our YouTube channel and post continuous farming and video updates to our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Ever since we began producing content, we have continued to realize a need to inform people about what we do in farming and in agriculture as a whole. Through all of this we hope to educate the general public on where their food comes from and what a real Midwest family farm looks like!

Peterson Farm Brothers

Roger Johnson was elected National Farmers Union’s 14th president during the organization’s 107th anniversary convention in 2009. Prior to leading the family farm organization, Johnson, a third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 1996. From 2007-2008, Johnson served as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Johnson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics.

Roger Johnson

President, National Farmers Union

As a government relations representative for National Farmers Union, Zack Clark advocates for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities in Congress and the executive branch. His focus includes, but is not limited to, crop insurance, commodities, dairy, tax, credit, and specialty crops. Prior to his employment with NFU, Clark worked as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) who served on the House Agriculture Committee. Over those three years Clark advised the congressman on a wide range of issues, but particularly focused on agriculture and the Farm Bill.

Zack Clark

Govt. Relations Rep, National Farmers Union

RJ Gray serves as the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, Inc. He served in this role since 2006 with a brief opportunity for Land O’Lakes, Inc. in the middle. He currently serves on the full Council of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. He has a passion for agriculture, farmers and cooperatives. RJ graduated from OSU in 2005. RJ has been married to his wife Jecole for 13 years. They have two boys, Hudson and Beckett, and they enjoy spending every moment possible with them.

RJ Gray

President & CEO, Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, Inc.

Kellie Bray is Senior Director of Government Affairs with CropLife America in Washington, D.C. CropLife America is the nation’s largest trade organization for agriculture and pest management, representing more than 90 developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of virtually all the crop protection products used by American farmers and growers.

Kellie Bray

Senior Director of Govt. Affairs, CropLife America

Hampton is a native of Waukomis, Oklahoma, and currently resides on a farm his grandfather purchased in 1929. After earning his bachelors and masters from Oklahoma State University, Hampton began employment with the Enid Board of Trade in 1972.

Years in the industry has led Hampton to where he is now, serving as president and CEO of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association, Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Associaton, and VP of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association.

Joe Hampton

President & CEO, Oklahoma Grain and Feed

Prior to NAWG, Goule served as Sr. Vice President of Programs for the National Farmers Union. He also formerly served as staff director of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture under chairman Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. Peterson is a member of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats Coalition. Goule has worked extensively in Washington, D.C., on agriculture, food safety and trade policy.

Chandler Goule

CEO, National Association of Wheat Growers

Working with his business partner, George Moore, they founded one of the first “insurtech” companies in 2000. Since then they have grown their business to work with over one-third of the P&C carriers in the US and Canada. e2Value is a part of the “Big Data” revolution helping carriers to better evaluate, value, rate and build new coverages for structures.

Todd Rissel

Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder of e2Value, Inc.

In overseeing the Farm Service Agency he is responsible for serving farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. FSA continues to conserve natural resources and also provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit, including special emphasis on beginning, underserved and women farmers and ranchers.

Scott Biggs

State Executive Director, Oklahoma Farm Service Agency

The Market Development division works to strengthen and develop opportunities for Oklahoma food and ag products, increase ag literacy and encourage rural economic development. Her favorite part of working for the Oklahoma is getting to know and help the people of our great State. She earned degrees at OU and SNU and is a member of OSU’s Class XI Ag Leadership Program. She and her husband Gary run a small cow/calf operation and feed 3 lazy chickens in Cogar.

Jamey Allen

Director of Market Development Services, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry

A native of Frederick, Oklahoma, Harvey Schroeder has been actively involved in a family farming operation all his life where he currently grows cotton and wheat. Schroeder is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Cotton Council. He is presently serving as Chairman of the Pesticide Advisory Council of the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture. In addition, on the federal level, he is a member of the USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee on Trade for Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts. He is on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at OSU serving as a member of the Tillman County Board.

Harvey Schroeder

Executive Director, Oklahoma Cotton Council

I began playing the piano when I was a small child of four, but my love of music and my awareness of the power of music developed within me at an even earlier age. That same love remains with me today.My career in music began shortly after I taught myself to play the piano and found welcoming audiences at churches, nursing homes, schools, and various local groups.

Gathan Graham

The Concharty Mt. Boys quartet is based in the Haskell, Stone Bluff and Leonard, Oklahoma area. After being encouraged by Haskell AFR Agent Bud Hembree’s dad, Lee Hembree, the group found its’ beginning in 1980-81.

Concharty Mt. Boys

A Bar Bunkhouse Band is a youthful Western swing group hailing from the bluestem country of northeastern Oklahoma. All four members of the band are agriculturalists who enjoy the country lifestyle and traditions. Their lively vocals, ddle, guitars and slap bass will make you want to get up and dance.

Bar Bunkhouse Band

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