Farm Business Management Instructor Paul Lanoue of Minnesota West Community and Technical College was chosen as one of the eight finalists in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Contest. See the press release below from USFRA for additional details and to find out how you can vote for Paul starting in October. 

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (August 30, 2016) - With enthusiastic farmers across the country, spanning beef, corn, cotton, dairy, pork, poultry and soybeans, excited to share the truth behind today's agriculture to consumers, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announces today the finalists of its third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching, a nationwide search to help put real faces on agriculture. The following farmers and ranchers were named finalists:  

Lauren Arbogast, Va.      Emily Buck, Ohio               Katie Roth, Wis.                Lauren Schwab, Ohio

Jeremy Brown, Texas     Paul Lanoue, Minn.         Geoff Ruth, Neb.             Joy Widerman, Pa.

Applications were received from dedicated farmers and ranchers from across the nation. Winners will share their stories and experiences about how food is grown and raised in the U.S. on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances, blog posts and more. This is the third class of Faces of Farming & Ranching that USFRA has sought to speak on behalf of the industry in this capacity.

"Farmers and ranchers care immensely about their animals, the environment, and their customers, and we need to share their stories in order to protect many of the tools and technologies that agriculture utilizes today," said Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chairwoman. "These incredible finalists make it their highest priority to provide a nutritious and sustainable food supply, which is the story we intend to share with today's consumer through this program."

Through October 10-16, people can visit USFRA's Facebook Page to learn more about each of the finalists and the work they do, including short videos highlighting their operation. From there, the public can vote for the farmers and ranchers whom they believe best represents the passion and innovation behind today's agriculture. These votes will be factored into the final decision to 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.

For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit Follow the conversation online at @USFRA #FoodD.

About U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®)

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of more than 90 farmer and rancher led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue 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. To learn more, visit our website at You can also find USFRA on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

This news release was wholly or partially funded by one or more Checkoff programs.

Category: Press Releases
Published: Friday, 02 September 2016 10:52