Three U.S. farmers were among 15 finalists from around the world to be selected in the Alltech “My Farm. My Future.” Facebook contest. Producers were asked to create a video that shared their farm’s story and their plans for the future for a chance to win a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky, May 21–24, 2017.
Selected by a panel, the U.S. winners are:
Rhett Smith of Zolfo Springs Cattle (citrus, grain, and beef producer) from Sebring, Florida, utilizes crop science technology for increased yield and protection from disease.
Tammy Wiedenbeck of River View Farms (grain and beef producer) and her family are seventh generation farmers from Lancaster, Wisconsin. They believe in educating the next generation of the farm through experience, hard work, and technology to ensure their legacy, their farm, and their future.
Lauren Neale of Neale Family Farms (sheep and cattle producer) and her husband, Ben, are first generation farmers from McMinnville, Tennessee. They are implementing sustainable practices on their farm to create a future for their son, and are thankful for the opportunity to produce high-quality food.
“In no other business is future-planning more important than in farming. Yet, at the same time, in no other business is it as difficult as it can be within agriculture with its myriad variables,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “We’re proud to salute these forward-thinking farmers for sharing their ideas and inspiring us with their stories of how they are ensuring the future of their farm and, indeed, all of our futures as a hungry, growing world.”
Registration is now open for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. The annual international conference draws more than 3,000 attendees from nearly 80 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas. Join the conversation online with #ONE17.