Cross named 2016 Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau
Lauren Cross, 19, of Brandywine, was named Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau for 2016 at the Prince George’s County Farm Bureau annual picnic June 5 at Robin Hill Farm in Brandywine. She is the daughter of Mike and Jennifer Cross and a fourth generation Cross on the Cross family farm in Brandywine.
“I am very excited and honored,” Cross said in a release after the contest. “I’m looking forward to representing the agriculture industry for Prince George’s County. Since I was a young child I can remember being shown the importance of agriculture while working alongside with my grandfather on our farm and I want to share that love.”
Cross will represent Prince George’s County as she and 22 other young women compete for the title of Miss Maryland Agriculture at the Maryland State Fair in August.
Cross will spend the next year representing the Prince George’s County Farm Bureau at various functions and advocating on behalf of local farmers.
Cross is a sophomore at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick and will be transferring to attain an accounting degree at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park.
She is currently interning in Virginia for the City of Alexandria Pension Division.
“I enjoy working with the retirement administrator and the specialists in City hall,” Cross said. “I am grateful for the experience to work under and learn from Kadira Coley, as well as being able to form relationships with the employees in the City of Alexandria. They are a great group of people and it’s important to learn other areas of finance.”
Katy Rosche, Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau and Miss Maryland Agriculture Second Runner Up for 2015, thanked the farm bureau for the experience. Rosche, 19, of Upper Marlboro, will be a sophomore at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, where she is studying agribusiness. Rosche and Cross have been friends since they were young and were last together on the Rosche farm helping shear Alpacas.
Rosche encouraged Cross, the new Miss Farm Bureau, to “take advantage of the information that you’re about to be exposed to on the county and state level, as well as enjoy the friendships you will make during the next year.”
Cross received a $1,000 college scholarship and a variety of gifts from her county farm bureau. The Junior Misses were Morgan Eugene, Elizabeth Clagett, Brooke Lee and Makayla Eugene. Peyton Lee was named Little Farmer and all contestants received a variety of gifts. All contest participants were recognized by Farm Bureau President Yates Clagett, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (District 23), Del. Joseph Vallario, Jr. (District 23B) and Del. Michael Jackson (District 27B).
The Miss Maryland Agriculture Program is a collaborative partnership between Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair. The program aims to foster professional development and communication skills. Each contestant is provided with a variety of opportunities and a curriculum that focuses on agriculture education, public issues education and personal growth. Cross will attend farm tours and partake in workshops and hands-on activities in order to engage and educate others about agriculture in the county and state.
Del. Joseph Vallario, Jr. (District 23B), right, and Del. Michael Jackson (District 27B) stand with Lauren Cross, 19, of Brandywine, who was named Miss Prince George’s County Farm Bureau for 2016 at the Prince George’s County Farm Bureau annual picnic June 5