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Cherokee student places in contest

Hadli Patterson, Cherokee, placed fourth in the 2021 American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) Cooperative Poster Contest. More than 2,000 students competed in the annual statewide contest.

Patterson placed fourth in Division I. The contest consists of two age divisions—Division I for students in grades 1-2 and Division II for students in grades 3-4. The top five posters in each division received cash awards.

Through agriculture-based themes, the annual contest allows educators to promote agriculture and to introduce aspects of the industry to students and parents alike. This year’s theme was “Welcome to the Farmers Market.”

“We are proud to sponsor a contest that educates and encourages creativity in our state’s youth,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “Agriculture is an incredibly important part of Oklahoma’s history and Oklahoma today. We are pleased to provide an opportunity for families to learn about it.”

The poster contest is just one of several AFR/OFU Youth Program traditions. In addition, the organization also offers a speech contest series, a summer youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contests, livestock judging and grading competitions and many other leadership opportunities.

For more information on the poster contest or other organization youth events, contact AFR/OFU Youth Coordinator Tailor Fields at (405)218-5566 or

AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR/OFU principles.

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