Box Elder County farmer wins ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award

Box Elder County farmer wins ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award

SANDY, Utah. December 7, 2016 – The Utah Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee recently named Becca Ferry as the winner of the 2016 ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award at the organization’s annual meeting.

The ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award is designed to recognize one Farm Bureau woman each year for her outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of Farm Bureau and agriculture. The winner goes well above the mark, exceeding expectations in supporting the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s program of work, agriculture education in the community and in the classroom, membership recruitment, and interfacing with legislators to list just a few of the volunteer possibilities. All applicants were nominated by a member of their County Farm Bureau.

Runner’s up for the award included Karen Smart of Utah County and Laura Selman of Box Elder County. The winner received a check for $500, with $100 going to each runner-up.

“All three women are very worthy of this award, as they are active in their County Farm Bureaus, are advocates for agriculture to their elected officials and community, and are overall great examples of women making a difference in agriculture,” said Belva Parr, chair of the Utah Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

Becca’s list of accomplishments and activities have included coordinating farm field days for elementary school children to get first-hand experiences on the farm; participating in the creative story and video contest, Ag in the Classroom training; sharing accurate agriculture books in school classrooms; coordinating farm visits for interested groups.

Ferry is also a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Grassroots Outreach or ‘GO’ Team and an American Farm Bureau Women’s Media Boot Camp graduate. She is also very politically involved, and has an excellent social media presence, which she uses while serving on the newly created Utah Farm Bureau Ag Promotions Committee.

Becca and her husband Joel farm in partnership with Joel’s family in Corinne. They are responsible for management decisions of the family’s crops, feedlot, hunting and other livestock sectors. Joel and Becca have four children, and the couple is very involved in their kids’ schools. Becca has been a volunteer for many years, participating in Utah State University’s ‘Ag in the Classroom’ program, where farmers and ranchers provide agricultural resources to teachers and students.