If your farm mom would make an awesome candidate for Monsanto's America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest, nominate her. But hurry! You'll need to nominate here by April 23 for a chance to win the national "Farm Mom of the Year" title and up to $10,000 in prize money.
It's easy to do. Just download nomination info from at www.AmericasFarmers.com and explain in 300 words or less how your favorite farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.
The American Agri-Women will lead the judging process to select five regional winners by May 1. Online voting will then determine one national winner, to be announced on Mother's Day. All five regional winners will receive $5,000 from Monsanto; the national winner will win an additional $5,000.
"We've already seen outstanding nominations for all types of farm moms, each with a unique story and a passion for agriculture," says Kris Zilliox of the American Agri-Women. "From California to Maine, it's clear that farm moms across this country enhance the lives of their family, friends and neighbors. Whittling the submissions down to just five winners will be no small feat!"
"More than 30% of farm operators in this country are female, and this annual contest is one small way that Monsanto can honor them and applaud them for growing our crops, our economy and our way of life," says Lisa Safarian, Monsanto's U.S. Row Crops lead. "If there's a special farm mom in your life, I urge you to nominate her right away!"
Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for America's Farmers Mom of the Year can be obtained online at www.AmericasFarmers.com or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America's Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: Nancy Hallahan, 914 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.
Jennie Schmidt's example
Jennie Schmidt from Eastern Shore Maryland was the 2011regional winner of America's Farmers Mom of the Year award. She and her family operate Schmidt Farms Inc, a 2000-acre, diversified operation growing corn, feed- and food-grade soybeans, wheat, barley, hay, tomatoes, green beans and wine grapes.
Jennie was nominated by her children. Here's what they had to say about her:
"She supports our involvement with 4-H, making sure we make meetings, train our livestock, registers us for shows, and hauls our animals. She gives us jobs on the farm so that we know how important farm life is and how farming supports many people. She cooks us meals from what we've raised on the farm and makes sure we live healthy lives.
"Her main farm job is the vineyard manager of 20 acres of wine grapes. But there's no job she can't do. She started a custom vineyard company to help others start vineyards and is a commercial pesticide applicator and nutrient management consultant.
"She's a Sunday school teacher and church youth group leader. She's also president of the Maryland Grape Growers Association, a member of our county Right-to-Farm committee, and serves on the Maryland Farm Bureau specialty crops committee. Our mom speaks often to groups about agriculture and farming systems."
That's the kind of woman that wins "Farm Mom of the Year". Nominate your farm mom, now.