Debbie Lyons-Blythe, a White City cattle rancher and mom to five, is this year's America's Farmers Mom of the Year.
The contest, sponsored by Monsanto, is an extension of the America's Farmers program, which celebrates the contributions of farmers in providing food, energy and clothing to the world.
Lyons-Blythe was nominated for the award by her children, Meghan, Allison, Trenton, Tyler and Eric and her aunt, Mary Ferguson, who is also a rancher. She was selected as the Southwest Region's Farm Mom of the Year by a panel of judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto. The nomination was then posted to www.AmericasFarmers.com, along with four other regional winners. Online voting determined Lyons-Blythe the winner, just in time for Mother's Day.
Lyon-Blythe said she is proud to accept the award in recognition of farm moms everywhere who work long hours for little recognition.
"I'm humbled to be singled out because there are so many farm moms who work each day to build a legacy for their children," she says. "I am thankful for everyone who supports farm wives and moms in general."
In nominating their mom for the honor, her children wrote: "It doesn't take long to figure out what is in her heart. Her love for agriculture is evident when reading her blog, hearing her speeches and seeing her work. Not only did mom give us her eye color and her smile, she shared with us her values and love of agriculture. She raised us five kids alongside her in the truck checking pastures, sorting cattle and selling bulls."
All five regional winners won a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. As national winner, Lyons-Blythe will receive an additional $5,000 in prize money. An award ceremony for her national title presentation is being planned to take place later this summer at a Kansas Beef Council event.
The four other regional winners were Danni Beer, Keldron, S.D., Sherri Lyn Kannmacher, Martinsville, Ill., Sarah Peterson, Niles, Mich., and Delores "Dee Dee" Clements Darden, Smithfield, Va.
You can learn more about Lyons-Blythe and her family by checking out her online blog "Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch," and read the full text of her nomination essays at www.AmericasFarmers.com.
You will also find more about her children's accomplishments in the National Junior Angus Association in the and about her, her family and her career as a ranch mom in the July Kansas Farmer. June Kansas Farmer.