Program salutes the vital role of women in the family farm
ST. LOUIS (March. 8, 2010) – Women play a critical role in agriculture. Many of these women are wives and moms, which is the inspiration behind Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, a new nationwide program tied to Mother’s Day recognizing the countless contributions that farm moms bring to their families and their communities.
Applications for the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year will be accepted at www.AmericasFarmers.com beginning today. From the nationwide call for entries, five regional winners will be announced, with each winning a $5,000 cash prize.
The five winners will be selected based on their contributions to family, farm and community and will 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, will partner with Monsanto on this promotion to spearhead 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 and receive an additional $2,500 prize.
“Today’s farm moms are not only passionate about their families, they also share a common passion and commitment to agriculture,” says Tami Craig Schilling, Monsanto community relations spokesperson and southern Illinois farm mom. “These women play key roles in agriculture as they manage varied components of their farm operations, nurture and care for their families, and mentor the next generation of farm leaders. The past, present and future of American farming depends on these women, and we are honored to recognize some special farm moms through America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program.”
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 for America’s Farmers Mom of the Year can be obtained online at www.AmericasFarmers.com or by calling 1-866-735-5267 or sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year promotion, 914 Spruce St., St. Louis, Mo. 63102.
Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is part of the company’s America’s Farmers campaign, which celebrates the contributions of America’s farmers who help provide food, energy and clothing for our growing planet. Monsanto also recently launched a national advertising campaign to build greater consumer awareness about the importance of U.S. agriculture, its economic impact and advances in preserving our vital natural resources.
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Randy Myers, Osborn & Barr Communications, 314/746-1929
Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto Community Outreach Mgr., 314/276-9017
Mimi Ricketts, Monsanto Public Affairs, 314/805-2396