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March 22, 2014

The Pittsburg County American Farmers and Ranchers and Oklahoma Farmers Union has been recognized

McALESTER — The Pittsburg County American Farmers and Ranchers and Oklahoma Farmers Union has been recognized for achievement by its state group, while Ricks and James Insurance Agency’s owner was cited as a top insurance producer.

The honors were awarded during the 109th AFR/OFU state convention in Norman last month.

The county AFR/OFU was presented the 2014 AFR/OFU County Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding county that has shown exemplary devotion to the AFR/OFU culture of giving back to communities across Oklahoma. Pittsburg County AFR/OFU officers Aliene Bristow and Dave Fleming, both of McAlester, received the award.

“The county organizations are the lifeblood of AFR/OFU,” said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. “Without outstanding counties, such as Pittsburg County, we would not be able to serve the great state of Oklahoma and further the cause of agriculture, families and rural America.”

Each year, Pittsburg County AFR/OFU members donate funds and effort to an annual fishing clinic for local fifth-grade students where children are taught water safety and fishing techniques. Each youngster attending takes home a rod and reel.

Pittsburg County AFR/OFU also offers scholarship money for students to attend college or vocational school and sends high school students to the annual AFR/OFU Leadership Summit each summer.

Pittsburg County AFR/OFU is also involved in legislative efforts, including lobbying at the state capitol for agricultural issues.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Ricks, McAlester, owner and operator of the Ricks and James Insurance Agency, was named a 2013 American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance Top Producer during the convention. She was honored for her performance during last year, as well as her dedication to the AFR Mutual Insurance Company.

“Ricks has reached a level very few agents reach,” said Curtis Liles, AFR Insurance director of marketing and underwriting. “With extensive storm losses across the state, 2013 was an especially difficult year to reach such a milestone. We commend Ricks and all of our hard-working agents on a job well done.”

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