No question about it. Women play a critical role in agriculture. Many are owners, operators, business managers – besides being wives and moms.
That's why Monsanto Company is launching "America's Farmers Mom of the Year", a nationwide campaign tied to Mother's Day. The campaign will recognize the countless contributions that farm moms bring to their families and their communities.
Applications for the America's Farmers Mom of the Year are being accepted at www.AmericasFarmers.com beginning today. Five regional winners will be announced, with each winning a $5,000 cash prize.
Winners will be selected based on their contributions to family, farm and community. They'll be chosen from submissions describing how each nominee embodies the values and hard work that make up the family farm way of life.
The American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women's farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations, is partnering with Monsanto by spearheading the judging process. One of the five regional winners will then be selected the week before Mother's Day as the America's Farmers Mom of the Year based on online voting on the America's Farmers Web site. She'll receive an additional $2,500 prize.
Eligible nominees must be female, at least 18 years old, a mother to one or more natural born or adopted persons or are the legal guardian of one or more persons, and live on a farm that produces 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 are available online at www.AmericasFarmers.com.