Monsanto's Search For 2013 "Farm Mom Of The Year" Now Under Way

Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:00am EST

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Visit to nominate your favorite farm mom for a chance to win
up to $10,000
ST. LOUIS,  Feb. 28, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto's search for  America's
Farmers Mom of the Year  is back for a fourth year to acknowledge the
contributions of more than a million female farm operators in  the United

Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom by visiting
before  April 23  and submitting a brief essay explaining 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, where online voting will determine the 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 
cash prize.

"The number of female farm operators has grown exponentially 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, U.S. Row Crops Lead, Monsanto. "The  America's Farmers Mom of the Year
 contest is one small tribute to the amazing women who balance the
responsibilities of family, home and farm, often while volunteering or working
in their community and promoting agriculture as well."

Last year the  America's Farmers Mom of the Year  contest received more than 900
nominations from 45 states. From this vast pool of worthy candidates, the judges
selected five regional winners as diverse as their farming operations. Online
voting on selected  Debbie Lyons-Blythe, a rancher from 
White City, Kansas, as the national 2012 America's Farmers Mom of the Year
winner. Gov.  Sam Brownback  hosted a ceremony at  Kansas' Department of
Agriculture to honor Lyons-Blythe in front of her family and friends as she was
presented with her grand-prize check from Monsanto.

"It's inspiring to read so many nominations, each cast for a unique and special
farm mom," says  Kris Zilliox  of the 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."

"If you've ever lived in an agricultural community, your life was likely
enhanced by a hardworking, humble farm mom," Safarian said. "This is a great
opportunity to say 'thank you' to that special woman, just in time for  Mother's

Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for  America's Farmers Mom
of the Year  can be obtained online at  or by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to  America's Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: 
Nancy Hallahan, 914 Spruce Street,  St. Louis, MO  63102.

America's Farmers Mom of the Year  is an element of Monsanto's America's Farmers
program, an advocacy effort promoting, recognizing and supporting U.S. farmers
through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the
importance of agriculture.

About Monsanto Company
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and
agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto
remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce
more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such
as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments,
please visit:  Follow our business on Twitter®  at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our  News Release RSS Feed.

About American Agri-Women
American Agri-Women (AAW) is a national coalition of more than 40,000 farm,
ranch and agribusiness women, representing 60 state and commodity affiliates. 
To learn more about AAW, please visit:  Follow
American Agri-Women on Twitter at  and like AAW on
Facebook at

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 CONTACT  Nancy Hallahan, Osborn & Barr, 314-591-2876  
          Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto, 314-276-9017      

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