Monsanto’s search for “America’s Farmers Mom of the Year” is back for the fourth year, focusing on acknowledging the contributions of more than a million female farm operators in the United States.
Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom by visiting AmericasFarmers.com before April23 and submitting a brief essay explaining how she contributes to her family, farm community and the agriculture industry overall.
One regional winner will be selected by a panel of judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto for each of the contest’s five regions.
Profiles of the regional winners will be posted to AmericasFarmers.com, where online voting will determine the national winner, which will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 12.
Each regional winner will receive $5,000 in cast from Monsanto, with the national winner taking home double that amount.
“The number of female farm operators has grown exponentially over the past decade, and farm moms play a significant role not only on their farms and in their communities, but also to the American food supply,” says Lisa Safarian, U.S. Row Crops Lead for Monsanto.
“The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest is one small tribute to the amazing women who balance the responsibilities of family, home and farm, often while volunteering or working in their community and promoting agriculture as well.”
Last year the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest end up with more than 900 nominations from around the nation, with 45 states represented. From this pool of candidates, judges selected five regional winners. Online voting picked Kansas rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe as the top ag mom.
A ceremony at the Kansas Department of Agriculture honored Lyons-Blythe, hosted by Gov. Sam Brownback.
“It’s inspiring to read so many nominations, each cast for a unique and special farm mom,” notes Kris Zilliox of the American Agri-Women.
“We’re looking forward to 2013 nominations, and will work diligently to select winners who represent American agriculture and the amazing women who support it.”