Behind every American farm family is the backbone of the operation: the farm mom. Farm moms make valuable contributions in the field, and as bookkeepers, cooks, teachers, FFA advisers, veterinarians, drivers, mentors, spokespeople and volunteers. Monsanto is honoring her contributions to her family, farm, community and industry with the 2011 America's Farmers Mom of the Year program. Applications will be accepted through Mother's Day at AmericasFarmers.com. Five regional winners will be announced on May 16.
Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto, and the farm mom receiving the most online votes by May 26 will receive an additional $2,500 and the title of America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2011. Monsanto introduced this program last year. Nominations were received from 45 states from people nominating their mothers, sisters, wives, friends, teachers and themselves.
To be eligible, a mom must be at least 18 years of age and work on a working farm or livestock operation. Anyone can submit a nomination by visiting the America's Farmers Web site and explaining in 300 words or fewer how their favorite farm mom embodies the farm family way of life. Nominations will be judged by Monsanto and American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women's farmer, ranch and agribusiness organizations.