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'Advocating for Agriculture' award winners announced

AG CONNECT Expo 2011 announces the Grand Prize winners of the "Advocating for Agriculture" Awards, which recognize those who support "in a compelling way the work of farmers and ranchers to provide abundant and affordable food and fiber." Online voting by the ag community helped select the winners, and more than 12,500 votes were cast for the nine finalists.

The "Advocating for Agriculture" award winners are: Ag Woman of the Year, Beverly Hall from Baxter, Tenn.; Community Advocate Award, Ray Bowman from Frankfurt, Ky.; and Next Generation of Ag Award, Elliott Marsh from Statesboro, Ga.

The "Advocating for Agriculture" awards seek to create a wider public understanding and appreciation of the industry's role and the significant contribution that production agriculture makes to our quality of life. The achievements and significant contributions of the award winners also serve as an inspiration for future industry leaders.

Visit www.agconnect.com/About/General/Awards for more information on the winners and to view the winning video submissions.

AG CONNECT Expo 2011 will be held Jan. 8 to 12, 2011 (Preview Day is Jan. 7 by special admission) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

It will be a gathering place for those who advocate for and support production agriculture.

Grand prize winners receive a round trip for two to AG CONNECT Expo 2011 in Atlanta and will be honored at AG CONNECT Expo during the "Celebration of Agriculture" reception on Preview Day, Jan. 7.

For more information, see AG CONNECT Expo 2011 at www.agconnect.com.

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