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Buck, Schwab finalists in USFRA’s Faces of Farming

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is looking for the new class of standout farmers and ranchers to share how they grow and raise food on a national stage. To help put a real face on agriculture, USFRA will select a group who is proud of what they do and strive to be sustainable and technology-driven, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.

Farm Bureau members Emily Buck from Marion County and Lauren Schwab from Butler County are finalists in the competition.

Buck is an associate professor of agricultural communications at Ohio State University and is currently in the eighth class of AFBF’s Partners in Agricultural Leadership class. She was OFBF’s 2013 Ohio Excellence in Agriculture award winner and finished in the top three at the national level. She and her husband, John, have a grain and sheep farm in Marion County.

Schwab is a freelance writer for ag publications and works on the family’s sow-breed-to-wean swine farm in Butler County. In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer of the Year contest, and she has attended AFBF’s Women’s Communications Boot camp in Washington, D.C.

Support these women though online voting taking place through Oct. 23. Winners will be announced Nov. 9.

Winners will receive a $15,000 stipend, 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 public appearances, national media interviews, blog posts, web chats and social media opportunities.

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Amy Graves 

Amy Graves is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.