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Farmers and Ranchers Alliance seeks star farmers

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the public relations effort funded by checkoff programs and chaired by American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, is conducting a search for ranchers and farmers to be spokespersons for the group.

“USFRA is looking for standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement with others and who are actively involved today in sharing those stories,” the group said in a news release Monday.

“Farmers and ranchers who raise a variety of foods differently, at differing scale and in all areas of the country are encouraged to apply as it is important to show American agriculture and all of its diversity.”

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2012 at www.FoodDialogues.com. Ten to 15 finalists will be announced at the November 2012 Food Dialogues event in New York City. That national announcement will open a public online voting period where visitors can vote for their favorite candidates.

USFRA “Faces of Farming and Ranching” winners will participate in national media interviews, advertising and public appearances. They will receive a $10,000 stipend as well as a $5,000 donation to their preferred agriculture-related or local charity in their name.