The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has announced that Bo Stone (Rowland, N.C.), has been selected as one of the winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program.

This nationwide search was launched by USFRA in June 2012 as a way to identify farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do and are eager to share their stories.

Stone and three other program winners were selected from a pool of more than 100 farmer and rancher applicants from across the country.

As one of the Faces of Farming & Ranching, Stone will share his stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer consumers’ questions about how food is grown and raised.

“I recognize that farmers in general need to do a better job relaying our message and stories to the consumers of our products and others who will have a part in shaping our futures,” said Bo Stone.
“I hope to reach an audience that doesn't realize farmers have the same goals as them — to provide a safe, reliable, and affordable source of food while protecting our natural resources.”

Stone jointly owns P & S Farms with his parents and wife, Missy in Robeson County. 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. Stone is a board member of the Robeson County Farm Bureau and Cape Fear Farm Credit.

Alabama’s Will Gilmer was another program winner. For his story, see Will Gilmer).

As a Faces of Farming & Ranching winner, Stone will receive a $10,000 stipend to help offset the time he will spend away from the farm in the coming year serving as a USFRA spokesperson. He will also have the opportunity to direct a $5,000 donation to an agriculture-related charity.