CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (April 1, 2013) – The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) congratulates the winners of the Animal Ag Alliance’s fourth annual College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition. The nationwide program was developed to help college students utilize social media to share agriculture's story. USFRA partnered with the Animal Ag Alliance on its CAO scholarships program providing additional funding, curriculum development including message training, and program promotion.  

“We applaud the student participants for sharing their personal stories through social media, and answering questions from their community about how food is grown and raised,” said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “USFRA appreciates the opportunity to partner with Animal Ag Alliance in aligning our messaging and training the next generation of agriculture advocates.”

According to Stallman, enlisting the help of young farmers and ranchers in USFRA’s movement will be critical to the future success and acceptance of today’s agriculture since they already have existing social media platforms and can help lead the dialogue from those mediums.

Student Award Winners Include:

  • Group 1st Place: North Dakota State University PAS/CCFA in North Dakota
  • Group 2nd Place: Purdue University’s Collegiate Beef Cattle Association
  • Group 3rd Place: Montana State University’s Collegiate Montana Stock growers Club
  • Group 4th Place: Louisiana State University Les Voyageurs club
  • Individual 1st Place: Tiffany Swanson of North Dakota State University
  • Individual 2nd Place: Zachary Frazier of Purdue University
  • Individual 3rd Place: Karoline Rose of Montana State University

For more information about the CAO competition, contact Emily Meredith with the Animal Ag Alliance.

About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance  (USFRA)

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture working to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.

About the Animal Ag Alliance

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a broad-based farmers and ranchers, producer organizations, veterinarians, scientists, suppliers, packer-processors, private industry and retailers. The Alliance's mission is to communicate the important role of animal agriculture to our nation's economy, productivity, vitality, security and that animal well-being is central to producing safe, high-quality, affordable food and other products essential to our daily lives. Find the Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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CONTACT
Lisa Cassady, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance,  cassady@usfraonline.org / 636.449.5046