(Posted Thu. Sep 1st, 2016)

With passionate farmers and ranchers across the country eager to share the story behind our food with consumers, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced the finalists in its third Faces of Farming and Ranching contest. This program searches for the men and women who grow and raise food, from row crops and veggies to beef and pork, to help put real faces on agriculture.


The following farmers and ranchers were named finalists:   


  • 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.


Visit USFRA's Facebook Page from October 10 through October 16 to learn more about each of the finalists and watch short videos highlighting their operation. Then, vote for finalists who will best represents the passion and innovation driving agriculture today. Votes will be factored into the final decision-making process that will determine the next Faces of Farming and Ranching.


Winners will be announced on November 9, 2016, during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention (NAFB) in Kansas City.