ROWLAND — Bo Stone of Rowland has been selected as one of the winners of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming and Ranching program. This nationwide search was launched by the organization in June 2012 as a way to identify farmers and ranchers who want to share their stories.
“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,” Stone said.
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 and 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 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 said.
Stone, who jointly owns P&S Farms with his parents and wife Missy, grows 2,300 acres of row crops, raises approximately 10,000 pigs annually and has 60 cows. He is a board member of the Robeson County Farm Bureau and Cape Fear Farm Credit.
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 spokesperson for the organization. He will also have the opportunity to direct a $5,000 donation to an agriculture-related charity.