We are uniquely positioned to connect influential consumers and food producers in conversation. Through programming like Digital Voices, Faces of Farming & Ranching, and Discovery Education we seek to educate key audiences about how food is grown and raised by sharing the stories of real food producers. In addition to their other responsibilities, our program participants are also contributors to our blog. Get to know our programming and participants, below.

Teacher Awareness Program

This August 29th and 31st, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is partnering with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to invite high school educators in both Minneapolis and Sacramento to embark on a farm tour in addition to a tour of an agricultural facility. Teachers will have the opportunity to speak directly with a farmer, ask questions and learn more about our new agricultural curriculum available to high school educators.

Additionally, each attendee will receive a brand-new iPod touch and virtual reality headset. There is no cost for participation and the curriculum tools are free.

If educators in the Greater Minneapolis area are interested in participating on Aug. 29, click here to register. If educators in the Greater Sacramento area are interested in participating on Aug. 31, click here to register.

Faces of Farming & Ranching

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has completed the voting period to find the next Faces of Farming & Ranching winners. Lauren Arbogast (Virginia), Jeremy Brown (Texas), Emily Buck (Ohio),  Katie Roth (Wisconsin) and Lauren Schwab (Ohio).

Lauren Arbogast

Specialty: Chicken, Cattle and Crop Farmer

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Jeremy Brown

Specialty: Crop Farmer

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Emily Buck

Specialty: Crop Farmer, University Researcher and Professor

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Lauren Schwab

Specialty: Pig Farmer

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Katie Roth

Specialty: Diary Farmer

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Digital Voices

As part of our ongoing efforts to inform and educate consumers about how food is grown and raised, USFRA is pleased to announce our new Digital Voices Council! The Council members are sponsored by USFRA and have a breadth of experience and knowledge surrounding today’s agricultural practices and provide additional resources to further the dialogue between farmers, ranchers and consumers.

Annaliese Wegner, Dairy Farmer

Specialty: Dairy Farmer

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Kim Melton, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist

Specialty: Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist

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Natasha Nicholes, Urban Farmer, Blogger

Specialty: Urban Farmer, Blogger

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Paul Lanoue, Farmer

Specialty: Farmer

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Rosanne Rust, Registered Dietitian, Freelance Writer, Blogger

Specialty: Registered Dietitian, Freelance Writer, Blogger

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Amanda Zaluckyj, Farmer

Specialty: Corn and Soybean Farmer

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Dr. Marybeth Feutz, Veterinarian

Specialty: Veterinarian, specialty in Large Animal Internal Medicine

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Maria Brilaki, Fitness Expert

Specialty: Fitness Expert

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