Think your Farmer Mom is awesome? Then enter her in the 2011 America's Farmers Mom of the Year competition. But hurry. The nomination deadline is May 8 – Mother's Day.
This second annual contest sponsored by American Agri-Women, a national coalition of farm and agribusiness women, and Monsanto Company selects five regional winners. Selection is based on how each contributes to and supports her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.
Regional winners will be announced on May 16, when winners' profiles and nominations will be posted on AmericasFarmers.com. Each will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The farm mom receiving the most online votes by May 26 will receive an extra $2,500 and the title of 2011 America's Farmers Mom of the Year.
The 2010 regional winners were:
Northeast – Sue Roohr of Cookstown, N.J.
Midwest – Cheryl Day of Cerro Gordo, Ill.
Southeast – Erika Forsbach, Savannah, Tenn.
Southwest – Carol Cowan, Watonga, Okla.
West – Caroline Luiz, Ft. Jones, Calif.
"No matter where or what women farm, they play a vital role in helping feed and clothe a growing population," says 2010 Farm Mom of the Year Carol Cowan. "Farm families are dedicated to producing more and conserving more for the next generations."
"From the nominations we've received so far, its evident there are a lot of special farm women throughout the country," adds Monsanto Spokewoman Chris Chavis. "Everyone out there knows an amazing farm mom. And, there's still time to nominate her."
How to enter
Explain in 300 words or less how your favorite farm mom embodies the farm family way of life.
Candidates must work on a farm producing at least 250 acres of corn, soybeans, cotton, vegetables and/or specialty crops (canola, sorghum, wheat or alfalfa); and/or at least 40 acres of fruits and vegetables; and/or raise at least 100 head of cattle or hogs; and/or maintain at least 50 head of dairy cows and/or at least 20,000 poultry (broilers or layers) within the United States.
Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for America's Farmers Mom of the Year are online at www.AmericasFarmers.com.