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March 23, 2013
By: Sara Brown, Farm Journal Livestock and Production Editor

Farm Mom of the Year Contest Under Way

DebbieLyons Blythe

Watch Debbie Lyons-Blythe, the 2012 grand prize winner, tell more about her Kansas ranch by visiting

The search is on for Monsanto Company’s next America’s Farmers Mom of the Year.

The contest, in its fourth year, recognizes the contributions of more than one million female farm operators in the U.S.

"The number of female farm operators has grown over the past decade, and farm moms play a significant role not only on their farms and in their communities, but also to the American food supply and economy," says Lisa Safarian, Monsanto’s U.S. row crops lead. "The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest is one small tribute to the women who balance the responsibilities of family, home and farm, often while working in their community and promoting agriculture as well."

Nominate your favorite farm mom by April 23 at You’ll need to submit a brief essay that explains how she contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture.

One regional winner will be selected by a panel of judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto for each of the contest’s five regions. Profiles of the regional winners will be posted to Online voting will determine a national winner, to be announced on Mother’s Day. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto; the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 prize.

In 2012, the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest received more than 900 nominations from 45 states.

"It’s inspiring to read so many nominations, each cast for a unique and special farm mom," says Kris Zilliox of American Agri-Women. "We’re looking forward to 2013 nominations and will work diligently to select winners who represent American agriculture and the amazing women who support it."

What a Day!

Dad is Always Right


After getting stuck, this farmer wasn’t sure how he’d get his tractor and disk out. It was his dad’s idea to use a high-lift jack to lift the disk tongue so they could pull it backward to drier ground. Yep, Dad was right.

If you’ve had one of those days—or caught someone else’s on film—we’d love to share it with our readers. E-mail high-resolution images to, or mail prints to What a Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Stat Rack

The National Corn Growers Association says that in 2012, there was:

97.2 million

Corn acres planted


Corn acres harvested

10.8 billion

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RELATED TOPICS: Contests, Tailgate Talk, Family

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