Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM by Iowa Corn
The National Corn Growers Association
reminds farmers that the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance
is now accepting applications for new Faces of Farming and Ranching
. To help put a real face on agriculture, USFRA will select standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement, and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.
"This year's ambassadors did an excellent job, clearly showing how great the consumer desire for direct information on how their food is grown has become," said NCGA Corn Board Member Mike Geske, who serves as the association's representative to the board of USFRA. "As a farmer, I know the great pride we all take in the work that we do, and I have seen the incredible move toward a more productive, more sustainable ag industry. It is an excellent story that we need to share, and I urge all eligible candidates to consider doing so."
Farmers and ranchers who grow and raise an assortment of foods through various methods, on differing scale and across all regions of the country are encouraged to apply, as it is important to show American agriculture and all of its diversity. NCGA is a proud founding affiliate of USFRA.
To apply, visit FoodDialogues.com/Faces
to complete an application entry form, and to submit a video no longer than three minutes that shows your operation and your role on the farm/ranch. Entries will be accepted until midnight CDT Sunday, August 10.
Finalists will be announced by USFRA in early September, and each finalist will be profiled on FoodDialogues.com
. The general public will be able to vote for their favorite in late October through early November.
A combination of public votes and USFRA judges' scores will determine the winners, who will be announced on November 12 at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City. Winners will receive a $15,000 stipend to help cover costs at home while they are traveling. They'll also receive professional media/speaker training and full support from USFRA through their yearlong tenure.
Winners will serve in multiple high-visibility roles on behalf of USFRA, participating in a number of activities including national media interviews, advertising and public appearances.