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Vote for your favorite farmer or rancher this October to help select the next faces of American agriculture
With enthusiastic farmers across the country, spanning beef, corn, cotton, dairy, pork, poultry and soybeans, excited to share the truth behind today's agriculture to consumers, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announces today the finalists of its third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, a nationwide search to help put real faces on agriculture. The following farmers and ranchers were named finalists:
- Lauren Arbogast, Va.
- Emily Buck, Ohio
- Katie Roth, Wis.
- Lauren Schwab, Ohio
- Jeremy Brown, Texas
- Paul Lanoue, Minn.
- Geoff Ruth, Neb.
- Joy Widerman, Pa.
Applications were received from dedicated farmers and ranchers from across the nation. Winners will share their stories and experiences about how food is grown and raised in the U.S. on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances, blog posts and more. This is the third class of Faces of Farming & Ranching that USFRA has sought to speak on behalf of the industry in this capacity.
"Farmers and ranchers care immensely about their animals, the environment, and their customers, and we need to share their stories in order to protect many of the tools and technologies that agriculture utilizes today," said Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chairwoman. "These incredible finalists make it their highest priority to provide a nutritious and sustainable food supply, which is the story we intend to share with today's consumer through this program."
Through October 10-16, people can visit USFRA's Facebook Page to learn more about each of the finalists and the work they do, including short videos highlighting their operation. From there, the public can vote for the farmers and ranchers whom they believe best represents the passion and innovation behind today's agriculture. These votes will be factored into the final decision to determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching.
Winners will be announced on November 9, 2016, during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City.
For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit www.fooddialogues.com/Faces. Follow the conversation online at @USFRA #FoodD.