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December 11, 2012   Email to Friend 

ONLINE VOTING FOR WILL GILMER IN NATIONAL CONTEST CLOSES DEC. 15
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
December 11, 2012

Lamar County dairy farmer Will Gilmer is a semifinalist in USFRA's "Faces of Farming and Ranching" contest. Online voting at www.FoodDialogues.com closes on Sat. Dec. 15.


Four days remain to vote online for Lamar County dairy farmer Will Gilmer in the national “Faces of Farming and Ranching” contest. From nine semifinalists, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will select three or four winners to serve as spokespeople for the organization.

Gilmer was selected as a semifinalist out of more than 100 entries from farmers and ranchers across the country. Online voting, which concludes on Dec. 15, accounts for 25-percent of the final scores.

Gilmer said he is proud to be counted among a group of talented and dedicated farmers and ranchers.

“I have a real passion for sharing my story and talking about what’s happening in agriculture with other people,” said Gilmer, who works with his father on their dairy farm in Sulligent. “I don’t think a person could be successful farming if they weren’t passionate about it.”

The new “Faces of Farming and Ranching” will travel the nation to share discussions about farming and ranching and help set the record straight about the way our nation is fed. Finalists will receive a $10,000 stipend as reimbursement for travel costs and a $5,000 donation to their preferred agriculture-related or local charity.

In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges from the food and agriculture community interviewed and evaluated the semi-finalists to help determine the winners. Selections will be announced in January.

To vote for Gilmer, visit www.FoodDialogues.com. To promote voting on Twitter, use the hashtag #teamgilmer. Find out more information about the Gilmer Dairy Farm on Twitter, @GilmerDiary; on Facebook at Facebook.com/GDFmilk; and online at www.GilmerDairyFarm.com.

USFRA is a newly formed alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. This marks the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state level have collaborated to lead the dialogue and answer American’s questions about how we raise our food - while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities.


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