Search for "Farm Mom of the year" 2013 under way

Mar 15, 2013
by WLJ

Monsanto’s search for America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is back for a fourth year to acknowledge the contributions of more than a million female farm operators in the U.S.

Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom by visiting AmericasFarmers. com before April 23 and submitting a brief essay explaining how she contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. 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, where online voting will determine the national winner, to be announced on Mother’s Day. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto; the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize.

“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 communities, but also to the American food supply and economy,” says Lisa Safarian, U.S. Row Crops Lead, 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´s online voting on selected Debbie Lyons- Blythe, a rancher from White City, KS, as the national 2012 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year winner.

Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for America’s Farmers Mom of the Year can be obtained online at 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. — WLJ