Scott Blubaugh of Tonkawa was elected as AFR/OFU president by voting delegates during the organization’s annual business session in Norman.
Blubaugh is taking over after Terry Detrick, who served 10 years as president, is retiring. Detrick, a farmer from Ames, Oklahoma southwest of Enid, served for the organization for over 30 years in various leadership roles. Acknowledging a tough economic time for agriculture producers, Blubaugh said that he wants to be the voice of family farmers and that he will help keep the fight going and keep producing food and fiber.
Blubaugh pledged to spend time at the capitols in Oklahoma City and Washington D.C. to work and represent rural agriculture issues. Blubaugh is a lifelong resident of Kay County, where he and his wife Lisa operate a family ranch near Tonkawa. Each year, the family host an annual Registered Angues production sale in the heart of their diversified 3,500 acre farm and ranch, which encompasses Kay, Osage and Noble Counties.
Scott has an extensive AFR/OFU background, working as OFU field representative and he and Lisa own an AFR Insurance Agency in Tonkawa. He has also served on the Board of Directors for AFR Insurance. The Kay County rancher took a one year leave of absence to serve as an Agricultural and Rural Community advisor for U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt.
Other leadership positions held by Blubaugh include serving on the Farmer’s Cooperative board of directors, Northern Oklahoma College Agricultural Advisor committee, Kay County AFR president and is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University Agricultural Leadership Program Class XI. Blubaugh holds membership in the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, American Angus Association, Oklahoma Angus Association and Oklahoma Ag Credit.