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American Farmers and Ranchers prepare for the future

The American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors named long time State Secretary/Treasurer Royce Meek, as the new Chief Operating Officer of their insurance companies at the July 16, 2009, board meeting.

Looking forward to the official elections which will take place at AFR's February 2010 convention, Meek also filed for vice president of the organization to fill the position being left open by Terry Detrick's filing for president. Detrick was appointed by the Board as interim president in February 2009.

Bobby Green was appointed by the Board as interim secretary/treasurer filling the position left vacant by Meek in compliance with the organization's by-laws. Subsequently , Green has filed to run for the state secretary position at the 2010 convention.

Meek has been an insurance agency manager for 26 years, served as general manager of AFR Life from 2000-2004 and has served as secretary and treasurer of the American Farmers & Ranchers companies since 2000.

Detrick is a second generation insurance agent with over 30 years experience and a third generation family farmer. He has served the companies as vice president since 1998, prior to his appointment as president. Detrick is also a member and past president of the Oklahoma and National Wheat Growers, a member of the Oklahoma and National Cattlemen's Associations and currently has a federal appointment to the Cattlemen's Beef Board.

Green has served as Life Administrator for American Farmers & Ranchers Life Insurance Company since 1999. He has had 26 years experience in the insurance industry with the first 16 years as a multi-line agent and the last 10 years in management. Green grew up North of Okemah and later in life, along with his family, managed a 200-head cow-calf operation prior to joining the AFR team.

American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company and the general farm organization, Oklahoma Farmers Union, will observe its 105th annual convention at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 12 and 13, 2010. American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary companies and the Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Inc., Oklahoma Farmers Union, are both headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City at 800 North Harvey. Detrick, Meek and Green have a combined experience of over 80 years in the agriculture and insurance industries. The AFR Board of Directors expressed strong confidence in the ability this new leadership team offers to the future of the organization.

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