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Feature Bo Stone Wins Faces of Farming & Ranching National Spokesperson Search T he U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) recently announced that Bo Stone of North Carolina has been selected as one of four winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on the American agriculture industry. More than 100 applications were submitted from passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers across the country. The winners, including Chris Chinn (Mo.), Will Gilmer (Ala.) and Katie Pratt (Ill.), will act as national spokespeople and will share stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer consumers’ questions about how food is grown and raised to feed our nation. “The four winners selected are passionate about farming and ranching, and eager to share their stories about the innovative ways they continue to improve food production each day,” said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “There are a lot of misconceptions and questions among consumers about how food gets from the farm to our tables. These four individuals are equipped with the passion and experience necessary to address these complicated issues and give honest answers.” Bo Stone jointly owns P&S Farms with his parents and wife, Missy. They grow 2,300 acres of row crops, raise approximately 10,000 pigs annually and have 60 cows. They also grow 2.5 acres of strawberries and 4 acres of sweet corn to sell at their own roadside market. Bo represents the sixth generation to farm their land. Chris Chinn and her husband, Kevin, are fifth generation farmers. They raise 1,500 pigs on their farm, and 60 head of cattle in addition to growing corn, soybeans, hay and rye. Will Gilmer and his father own and operate a dairy farm, which has been in continuous operation since Will’s grandfather established it in the early 1950s. They currently milk 200 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement heifers, while managing 600 acres of land used for pasture and forage production. Katie Pratt and her husband, Andy (a seventh generation farmer), currently farm in partnership with Andy’s family. They raise corn, soybeans and seed corn for a regional family-owned company. They welcome tour groups to their farm as part of a family tradition, which started back in the early 1970s. “The four winners selected are passionate about farming and ranching, and eager to share their stories about the innovative ways they continue to improve food production each day, said Bob ” Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. From November 15 to December 15, 2012, thousands visited www.fooddialogues.com to learn more about the candidates and to vote for whom they believed best represented American agriculture. In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges from throughout the food and agriculture community interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the winners of Faces of Farming & Ranching. Criteria included the ability and commitment to share their stories about continuous improvement; involvement with the community and agricultural organizations; strong speaking capabilities, and a passion for what they do. Winners were announced January 22 during a live-streamed broadcast, followed by a media teleconference. For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit www. fooddialogues.com. S p r i n g 2 0 1 3 • N C P o r k R epor t 27 http://www.fooddialogues.com http://www.fooddialogues.com http://www.naylornetwork.com/ncp-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Spring 2013

Message from the President
Industry News
2013 Livestock Legislative Day on April 30
Introducing the 2013 Board of Directors
Pork Producers and Industry Reps Gather for 2013 Pork Conference
Norman C. Denning Enters NCPC Hall of Fame
Channing Gooden Named Pork All-American
2013 Outstanding Pork Producer is Stephen Williamson
Duplin County’s Bennie Barwick Named Environmental Steward Winner
Bo Stone Wins Faces of Farming & Ranching National Spokesperson Search
Another Successful Bacon Bash!
2nd Annual Flying Pig Challenge Sporting Clays Tournament is April 19
2013 Student Internship Program
2013 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

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