Teresa Chambers, Macon, Ga., has been selected Southeast regional winner of Monsanto's America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest. One of five regional winners, Chambers was selected by judges from Monsanto and American Agri-Women in recognition of the contributions she makes to her family, farm community and the agricultural industry. Now, online voters have until May 26 to cast their votes for the national America's Farmers Mom of the Year winner.
Chambers' Dairy is a family farm that has 360 Holstein cows in addition to silage, sorghum, rye grass and hay. Teresa joined the operation when she married Judd Chambers in 1993.
Each America's Farmers Mom of the Year regional winner is profiled on www.AmericasFarmers.com and was nominated by a friend, family member or loved one who submitted an essay telling how their favorite farm mom embodies the farm family way of life. Visitors to the web-site can see their profiles, read their nominations and vote by the May 26 deadline. The farm mom receiving the most online votes will be announced May 27 on AmericasFarmers.com.
As a regional winner, Chambers receives a $5,000 cash prize and advances for the opportunity to win the national title and an additional $2,500. Online voters can help Chambers achieve this title by visiting AmericasFarmers.com by May 26 and casting a vote for her.
"It was no small challenge to select just five, but each regional winner represents the enormous impact that farm women have on their families, farms, communities and beyond," says Chris Chavis, Monsanto's National Brands Lead and America's Farmers Mom of the Year spokesperson. "The nominations illustrate that no matter where or what they farm, farm moms share a passion for agriculture, a love for the family farm lifestyle and a dedication to preserving the land for the next generation."
"I was not aware that a friend had nominated me for the honor, so, needless to say, I was quite surprised to receive a phone call telling me I had been selected as Farm Mom of the Year, Southeast Region," Chambers says. "I am certainly no more special than any other mom out there, but I do appreciate the recognition and the opportunity to increase public awareness of agriculture."
She adds, "Next to God and my family, agriculture is the main focus of my life. My livelihood depends on it."
"Teresa is the mother of three boys, and it is such a joy to watch as she shares in their accomplishments," wrote friend Barbara Bridgers. "This remarkable young woman is a fine candidate for Farm Mom of the Year." Her nomination is posted in its entirety at AmericasFarmers.com.
Monsanto's America's Farmers Mom of the Year is an extension of the America's Farmers program, which celebrates the contributions of America's farmers, who provide food, energy and clothing for a growing planet. The America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest was introduced in 2010, when online voting selected the Southwest regional winner, Carol Cowan, of Watonga, Okla., as the first national winner.