Madison — A Wisconsin woman was chosen for the third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). The Faces of Farming and Ranching is a national initiative to help put real faces on agriculture.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau member Katie Roth grew up in Darlington, on her family’s 330 head dairy farm. Married in early 2016, Katie works on her husband’s farm Banner Ridge Farms, LLC, as the herdsman in addition to serving as a program technician for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Grant County. They farm in partnership with John and Luann Shea. Katie has served a variety of roles in her county Farm Bureau including Young Farmer and Agriculturist chair, secretary and Ag in the Classroom co-Chair. She has also graduated from Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute and the American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp.
“I speak from the heart. I know consumers want transparency and I’m willing to give that to them,” Roth said. “I trust in agriculture and the United States food system. My goal is to help consumers build that trust as well.”
This year’s class was announced on November 9 during a USFRA press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City.
Other members of the third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching include: Lauren Arbogast, cow, calf, crop and broiler chicken farmer from Virginia; Emily Buck, an ewe, soybeans, corn and wheat farmer from Ohio; Jeremy Brown, a cotton, organic cotton, wheat, rye, grain sorghum, peanuts and sesame farmer from Texas; and Lauren Schwab a pig farmer from Ohio.