OFU is a strong voice that can be heard on local, state and federal levels.
Its legislative influence is one of the most important benefits members receive by voting on the policy that staff members use as a basis for lobbying.
On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members. We carefully monitor legislation and government regulations which affect each of these interests.
American Farmers & Ranchers has no connection with either political party.
Its members are encouraged to be active in the political party of their choice. The organization remains independent so it can make the best decisions for the membership.
Our members themselves create our policy.
They do this through a system of annual conventions. Local and county organizations send delegates and platform recommendations to the state convention. At the state convention, the delegates write and approve the program which guides the organization's policy. State delegates and recommendations also go to the national convention to form National Farmers Union policy.
In this way, all of the diverse and complex interests of rural people come together.
Our membership consists of families – men, women and children. It includes farmers, actively involved in agricultural production and non-farmers who want to add their voice on behalf of the principals and philosophy of American Farmers & Ranchers. These members have joined together to make AFR, truly, “The Voice of Rural Oklahoma.”