"Faces of Farming and Ranching"
November 16, 2012

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) started a movement to bring more farmers and ranchers together to answer people's questions about how their food is grown and raised. Many voices are leading conversations about food - and often leaving the people who grow and raise our food out. USFRA sought to change that. 
 
Over the summer, USFRA kicked-off a nationwide search to find the "Faces of Farming and Ranching" to help put a real face on agriculture. More than 100 farmers and ranchers from all across the country entered for their shot at becoming a face of agriculture - one who will be sharing stories and experiences on a national stage to help shift conversations about food production and set the record straight about the way we feed our nation. 
 
From the large group of passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers, nine finalists were selected. They include Chris Chinn (Mo.), 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). 
 
From Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, people can visit www.fooddialogues.com to learn more about each of the nine finalists and the work they do. 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. 
 
In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges will interview and evaluate the finalists to help determine the winners of "Faces of Farming and Ranching." Winners will be announced in early January 2013.