As we continue our search for the new Faces of Farming & Ranching, we wanted to take a moment with each of the current Faces to reflect on what the experience has brought, both for them and for their work as farming & ranching advocates and leaders!
We asked Bo Stone to answer a few questions about her experience as one of the Faces of Farming & Ranching.
What has been the most memorable or meaningful part of your Face of Farming & Ranching experience?
Being a Faces of Farming & Ranching winner has provided me opportunities to have conversations with key consumer influencers. My most memorable Faces of Farming & Ranching experience was a conversation I had at the National Restaurant Association conference with a major hotel restaurant chain executive. He admitted that in the past his company made food policy changes without the farmers and ranchers who supplied to his company being included in the conversation. We had a good dialogue about farmers and ranchers having a seat at the table when it came to future business decisions related to food production.
Tell us one thing you have learned in your role as a Face of Farming & Ranching.
I have learned that there are conversations to be had with people from all parts of the food chain and by sharing your story with them you can make a difference.
What one piece of advice would you like to offer the 2014 Faces of Farming & Ranching?
If you have a passion for agriculture and telling people about your farm and ranch, then I encourage you to apply. It take all of us having a willingness to have a dialogue with consumers to change the way people think about and talk about food production.