U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance today announced 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.
From Oct. 10 to 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 Nov. 9, 2016, during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City.
Applications were received from farmers and ranchers from across the nation.
"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."
For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit http://www.fooddialogues.com/Faces