There is one week left to submit your favorite farm mom into Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Contest. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, Mar. 29, and Monsanto encourages everyone to nominate moms who go above and beyond to care for and protect their farms, families, communities and the agriculture industry they love.
“Our 2015 Southeast Region Farm Mom, Megan Seibel, was nominated by her daughter three times, and the third time proved to be the charm,” says Tracy Mueller, Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Manager. “We are so glad we found Megan, but we couldn’t have done that if her daughter didn’t nominate her. We read every nomination and there are so many powerful, encouraging and hopeful stories. These women are inspiring, so we want to hear about them and share their stories with the rest of the country.”
Anyone can enter their favorite farm mom, whether it’s their mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member by visiting the online nomination site, found here, and submitting a brief essay that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to each of four areas: her family, farm, community and the agriculture industry.
The judging panel from American Agri-Women will review nominations and help Monsanto select five regional winners.
“So many women, particularly in agriculture, just focus on what needs to get done, and they do it – no matter what challenges or adversities they may be facing,” says Donnell Scott, Vice President of Education for American Agri-Women. “They don’t do it to get credit or attention. These women have a ‘get it done’ attitude and love what they do and who they do it for. We love reading about their efforts and are proud to help acknowledge their hard work and contributions.”
The five regional winners will be announced at the end of April, with each winner receiving a $5,000 cash prize. Profiles of the winners will then be posted to the Americas Farmers website, where the public can vote for one national farm mom winner. The national winner will be announced right before Mother’s Day, and will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize above and beyond her regional prize, for a total of $10,000.