The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has selected finalists for its Faces of Farming and Ranching program, but will lean on public votes and a panel of judges to select the four or five representatives.
Nine finalists were selected from over a hundred applications submitted. Winners will become the face of agriculture, sharing stories and experiences on a national stage. The USFRA hopes winners of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program will help educate consumers about the origin of the food they eat.
"These exceptional farmers and ranchers can bring the reality of farming and ranching to the forefront for consumers, mainstream media and influencers to develop a relationship and learn more about how food gets from the farm or ranch to their plates," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The nine finalists are Chris Chinn (Missouri), Will Gilmer (Ala.), Daphne Holterman (Wis.), Brenda Kirsch (Ore.), Tim Nilsen (Calif.), Eric McClam (S.C.), Katie Pratt (Ill.), Bo Stone (N.C.) and Janice Wolfinger (Ohio).
Voting will take place on www.fooddialogues.com from now until Dec. 15. Consumers, farmers and ranchers are asked to vote for who they believe best represents those across the country who work to bring food to the table.
Winners will be announced in early January 2013.