Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announced the winners of its second class of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program, after a nationwide search was concluded to help put real faces on agriculture for American consumers. Erin Brenneman (Iowa), Darrell Glaser (Texas), Jay Hill (N.M.), Thomas Titus (Ill.) and Carla Wardin (Mich.) were all named program winners. The class will be active participants in the national dialogue about food production to set the record straight. These farmers and ranchers will share their personal stories and experiences through consumer-facing public appearances, events, media interviews and social media. 

“I could not be more impressed with this year's new Faces of Farming and Ranching,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, chairperson of USFRA and a Wisconsin farmer director with the United Soybean Board. “The first Faces of Farming and Ranching had a positive impact on consumers across the country and we are sure this new class also will see success as they connect with consumers and share their stories about how food gets from their farm or ranch to our plates. So many outstanding farmers and ranchers stepped forward and offered to be a consumer Face for USFRA. We are overwhelmed with amount of individuals who are willing to be a representative of the nation’s agricultural community.”

Dedicated farmers and ranchers from across the nation submitted applications. This is the second time USFRA has sought farmers and ranchers to speak on behalf of the industry in this capacity.

Consumers, farmers and ranchers were asked to vote online for whom they believed best represented agriculture across the country. These votes were factored into the final decision to determine the Faces of Farming and Ranching. In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the winners of Faces of Farming and Ranching.  

These farmers and ranchers will share their stories on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances and events. 

For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit www.fooddialogues.com/Faces. Follow the conversation online at @USFRA #FoodD. To request interviews or photos of this year’s winners, contact Joanna Schroeder on behalf of USFRA, at 636-751-5725 or jschroeder@USFRAOnline.org