Meet the USFRA Finalists

Kelly MarshallAg Group, Contest, USFRA

USFRAThe U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Allicance has announced the eight finalists in their Faces of Farming and Ranching Contest.  These passionate farmers and ranchers are eager to connect with consumers and become the face of the many men and women who grow and raise everything from row crops and veggies to beef and pork.

The finalists are:
Lauren Arbogast, Va.
Jeremy Brown, Texas
Emily Buck, Ohio
Paul Lanoue, Minn.
Katie Roth, Wis.
Geoff Ruth, Neb.
Lauren Schwab, Ohio
Joy Widerman, Pa.

Finalists were selected from all eligible submissions based upon four main criteria. Judging criteria included: demonstration of initiatives that advance the field and show dedication to continuous improvement; proficiency in public speaking; active participation in creating dialogue about entrant’s work via traditional and social media channels; and demonstration of a deep understanding of agriculture-related issues.

Winners will share their stories and experiences about how food is grown and raised in the United States on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances, blog posts and more.

You can meet each of these candidate yourself on the USFRA Facebook page, October 10-16.  Each of the finalist will be featured in a video.  Visitors may vote on the finalists they believe best represents the face of farming.  Votes will be factored into the decision-making process for selecting the winners.  Winners will be announced on November 9, 2016 at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.