Bo Stone, Rowland, N.C.: Bo, his wife Missy, and his parents jointly own P & S Farms. They grow 2,300 acres of row crops. They also have six swine finishing floors on contract (approximately 10,000 hogs annually) and have 60 head beef cattle. They also grow 2.5 acres of strawberries and four acres of sweet corn that are sold at their roadside market. Bo represents the sixth generation to farm their land.
Janice Wolfinger, Morristown, Ohio: Janice and her husband Jake were both raised on beef/grain farms in Ohio. They built a house on the farm and, wanting something of their own, bought a feed yard in central Nebraska. Janice taught agriculture and welding in Nebraska, and Jake operated the feed yard before moving back to eastern Ohio to buy and manage the cow operation.
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 "Faces of Farming and Ranching" winners.
Winners will be announced in January 2013 and will share their stories on a national stage through potential media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances and events and advertising campaigns. For their time away from their operation, they will receive a $10,000 stipend as well as a $5,000 donation to their preferred agriculture-related or local charity in their name.
To learn more about USFRA and the "Faces of Farming and Ranching" finalists, visit www.fooddialogues.com.