“So much of today’s conversation on food in media and popular culture is missing the perspective of the people who actually grow and raise our food,” said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“This lack of representation has led to a lot of misconceptions and questions about how food gets from the farm or ranch to our tables. Farmers like Bo were named winners of this program because they are eager to share their stories about the innovative ways they continue to improve food production each day.

“They have the first-hand experience to address complicated issues surrounding food production, by giving honest answers about what happens on today’s farms and ranches.”

From Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 2012, thousands visited http://www.fooddialogues.com to learn more about the candidates and to vote for whom they believed best represented American agriculture.

In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges from throughout the food and agriculture community interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the winners of Faces of Farming & Ranching.

Winners were announced Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CT during a live-streamed broadcast, followed by a media teleconference.

The other three winners include Wil Gilmer — Alabama, Katie Pratt – Illinois, and Chris Chinn — Missouri. For more information on theFaces of Farming & Ranching program, visit http://www.fooddialogues.com.

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

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of more than 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.