Agricultural meeting Feb. 17-19

More than 1,000 Oklahoma agricultural leaders are expected to attend the annual convention of the American Farmers & Ranchers, Feb. 17-19, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman.

“We expect a lively and engaged conversation about the issues critical for rural Oklahoma,” Terry Detrick, AFR president, said.

Many of the presentations will focus on the convention theme, “The power of cooperation.”

Leading the way will be a major presentation on agriculture and rural advocacy by nationally-known speaker Trent Loos. Connecting rural and urban America by sharing the positive story of production agriculture has been the focus for Loos since he launched his advocacy career 17 years ago.

The sixth generation family farmer, based in central Nebraska, travels the world broadcasting the farm story.

His popular Loos Tales, Rural Route, Dakota Trails and Tales, and other radio programs are heard on more than 100 radio stations throughout the nation.

He also has a regular column, “Loos Tales,” printed weekly in the High Plains Journal. Loos’ presentation is sponsored by AFR’s LEAD program, as part of the overall effort to educate and advocate for agriculture.

In addition to his keynote presentation, Loos will also conduct an agriculture advocacy workshop for convention participants.

The program also includes a report on the new political reality in Washington, D.C., by Rob Larew, senior vice president for public policy and communications for the National Farmers Union. Joining Larew on the program will be Darren Coppock, national president and CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

The Saturday banquet will feature Dr. Charles Petty, a professional speaker. Lerin Thomas and the A Bar Bunkhouse Band will provide musical entertainment during the convention.

A highlight of the Sunday morning worship and memorial service will be an inspirational message from Cindi Broaddus. Her life was forever changed by a random attack of acid being thrown from a bridge overpass. The Oklahoma native is a sister-in-law to television’s Dr. Phil McGraw.

For complete details of the convention, go to www.iafr.com.