From the cotton fields in the South Plains of West Texas and broilers and cattle of Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin and the broad diversity of pigs, sheep, corn and soybeans in Ohio, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) next class of Faces of Farming & Ranching capture the passion behind agriculture and drive for sustainability and technology on today’s farms.
Unveiled at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention in Kansas City, the winners include two Ohioans: Emily Buck of Marion County and Lauren Schwab from Butler County.
Buck farms with her husband John and daughter on their 1,000 acres of no-till farmland in the Lake Erie and the Mississippi River watersheds. They farm corn, soybeans and a flock of 40 Southdown ewes.
“I have different hats from the farmer, to the mother to the shepherd, but one of my big roles is an associate professor at Ohio State,” Buck said. “I think that lends to credibility when working with other educated mothers and consumers. When I am looking at research I am looking at how well the research was done and what I am saying I really believe.”
Click here to watch Buck’s video.
Schwab works on her 1200-sow breed-to-wean family pig farm in Butler County. As the farrowing house manager, she is a week one specialist to ensure all piglets get off to the best start.
“I am very passionate about animal care and taking care of those piglets and getting them off to the best start possible. I am really excited about the opportunity to meet with new people, educating them and opening up my farm gate to give them the confidence that when they go to the grocery store they can feel good about what they are purchasing and know the farmer behind that plate,” Schwab said. “Food safety is really big and we want consumers to know we work one-on-one with our veterinarian and we go through a pork quality assurance program. We take every measure possible to make sure we are producing a safe affordable and abundant food supply.”
Click here to watch Schwab’s video.
Other Faces of Farming & Ranching winners include Lauren Arbogast of Virginia, Jeremy Brown of Texas, and Katie Roth of Wisconsin. These incredible farmers will share their personal stories through influential conversations on a national stage with consumers, influencers and end users to help earn consumer trust and confidence in U.S. food and agriculture.
“Agriculture today is driven by technology and an unparalleled commitment to animal care, and this group of exceptional farmers and ranchers are such an accurate portrayal of the entire agricultural community,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and livestock farmer. “With their sustainable practices ranging from no-till and cover crops to pollinator habitat and state-of-the-art animal facilities, I’m proud to have these five represent USFRA and all of agriculture.”
The public will get to know this group of farmers and ranchers through public appearances, national media interviews, web chats, blog posts, social media activities and more. For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program and the winners, visit www.fooddialogues.com/farmers-ranchers. Also, contact Paul Spooner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange interviews with the Faces of Farming & Ranching. Follow the conversation online at @USFRA #FoodD.