Two Ohioans are among the five farmers named to the next class of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming and Ranching program. 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 five farmers capture the passion behind agriculture and drive for sustainability and technology on today’s SMART Farm.
Unveiled at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City, the winners are Farm Bureau members Emily Buck, of Marion County; Lauren Schwab, of Butler County; and Lauren Arbogast of Virginia; Jeremy Brown of Texas and Katie Roth of Wisconsin. These 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.”