NC Farmer ‘Retiring’ From USFRA’s Faces of Farming Program

Rowland, NC’s Bo Stone has been one of the inaugural group of Faces of Farming and Ranching with the United States Farmer & Rancher Alliance.  That tenure will be coming to end later this summer.  Stone talks about what the experience has meant to him:

“Being selected as a spokesman for the ag industry was an honor. Its been a good opportunity to speak to groups and talk to people who are making decisions about food for their families and organizations.”

Stone explains that when his tenure expires as a Face of Farming and Ranching, he’ll continue with speaking engagements:

“I am more committed to telling the story than I was before. As a farmer and a parent, I want to make sure that the story of agriculture is there so the next generation of farmers will have the opportunities that I have.”

As a Face of Farming & Ranching, Stone traveled to the country’s major metropolitan areas, and was surprised by what he learned:

“As a small town farm boy, I was able to go to places like New York City and Chicago and talk to people who had the same concerns about their food about how it is grown as local people do. Everyone has the same questions and concerns. We as farmers have not done a good job answering those questions. I think that the message has been received well when they realize they have the same concerns they have.”

But, most importantly, Stone feels all farmers & ranchers need to continue to tell their story:

“We need to continue to do what we are doing. My role as a face of farming and ranching may be ending, but we all need to take up the task and move forward.”

Stone farms grain, hogs, beef cattle, as well as produce on his farm near Rowland, North Carolina.



A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.