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Alabama dairy farmer chosen as spokesman for national group

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama dairy farmer has been chosen to serve as spokesman for a national farmers' association.

Will Gilmer, of Lamar County, will serve as one of four national spokesmen for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Officials say Gilmer and other winners were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants in the national Faces of Farming and Ranching program.

As a spokesman for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Gilmer will help educate consumers on how food is grown and cultivated.

Gilmer and his father have owned and operated a farm since Gilmer's grandfather established it in the 1950s. They milk 200 cows and manage 600 acres of land. Officials say Gilmer will receive a $10,000 stipend.

The other spokespeople chosen are: Bo Stone of P & S Farms in Rowland, N.C.; Chris Chinn, a livestock and crop farmer in Clarence, Mo.; and Katie Pratt a corn and soybean farmer in Dixon, Ill.


Will Gilmer: www.twitter.com/gilmerdairy

Chris Chinn: www.twitter.com/chrischinn

Bo Stone: www.twitter.com/

Katie Pratt: http://illinoisfarmgirl.wordpress.com

Food Dialogues website by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Aliance: www.fooddialogues.com

Copyright 2013 The AP.

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