Cross named 2016 Miss Prince Ge­orge’s County Farm Bureau

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

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

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