Two pork producers were among the four winners announced this week by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) for its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on American agriculture. More than 100 applications were submitted from passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers across the country.
The winners will act as national spokespeople, and will share stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer consumers’ questions about how food is grown and raised to feed the nation. The winners are:
“The four winners selected are passionate about farming and ranching, and eager to share their stories about the innovative ways they continue to improve food production each day,” says Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“There are a lot of misconceptions and questions among consumers about how food gets from the farm to our tables,” he adds. These four individuals are equipped with the passion and experience necessary to address these complicated issues and give honest answers.”
From Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2012, thousands visited www.fooddialogues.com to learn more about the candidates and to vote for whom they believed best represented American agriculture. In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges from throughout the food and agriculture community interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the winners of Faces of Farming & Ranching. Criteria included the ability and commitment to share their stories about continuous improvement; involvement with the community and agricultural organizations, strong speaking capabilities and a passion for what they do.
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance consists of more than 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners, including the National Corn Growers Association, representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today's food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today's agriculture.