The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) launched a nationwide search in June 2012 for individuals who would like to share their farming and ranching stories with the world. Tuesday morning, Chris Chinn of Clarence was selected as one of three winners of the Faces of Farming & Ranching program.
"It has been an honor to be a finalist and now a winner," said Chinn after the announcement. "I look forward to talking to people about how we produce food on our farm."
Chris and her husband Kevin are fifth generation farmers. They raise hogs, cattle, hay and row crops.
As a winner of the program, Chinn will share her stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer the questions of consumers about how food is grown and produced. She will receive a $10,000 stipend to help with the time she will spend away from the farm serving as a USFRA spokesperson and will also have $5,000 to donate to an agriculture-related charity.
"I want people to see the values farm and ranch families have and understand our intentions are always to improve the quality of care we give to our animals and land," said Chinn.
Chinn was selected out of more than 100 applicants from across the country. Individuals voted for candidates online and a panel of judges also interviewed and evaluated the finalists to determine the winners.