Online voting is currently under way on
to determine the national winner of Monsanto’s 2012 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.
From a pool of nearly 1,000 candidates, judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto have selected five farm moms from across the country as regional winners. Each regional winner was awarded a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. The regional winner receiving the most online votes by May 12 will win an additional $5,000 and the 2012 national America’s Farmers Mom of the Year title.
The regional winners are:
- Northwest Region: Danni Beer, Keldron, S.D.
- Southwest Region: Debbie Lyons-Blythe, White City, Kan.
- Midwest Region: Sherri Lynn Kannmacher, Martinsville, Ill.
- Northeast Region: Sarah Peterson, Niles, Mich.
- Southeast Region: Delores "DeeDee" Clements Darden, Smithfield, Va.
A profile of each, along with her winning nomination, will remain posted on AmericasFarmers.com until May 12, the voting deadline. The national winner will be announced on Mother's Day, May 13.
American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women’s farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations, evaluated nominees based on how each farm mom supports to her farm, family, community and the agriculture industry.
"Despite the great geographic distance that separates our 2012 regional winners, they share a common passion for their families and the land, crops and animals they care for," says Consuelo Madere, America’s Farmers Mom of the Year spokesperson. "Each is known in her community for putting a smiling face on agriculture and illustrating that the food on our grocery store shelves is grown by hard-working American farm families."
The five 2012 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year regional winners collectively produce a variety of crops and livestock, including corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts, wheat, pumpkins, hay, sunflowers, wheat, alfalfa, flax and beef cows. They are active in agricultural organizations including FFA; 4-H; Farm Bureau; state soybean, small grains, livestock and Angus associations; state grain producer’s board; national peanut board; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; and Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is an extension of the America’s Farmers program, which celebrates the contributions of America’s farmers, who provide food, energy and clothing for a growing planet. Visit AmericasFarmers.com to vote for the 2012 national farm mom winner and to read about other ways Monsanto is recognizing the contributions of American farmers.