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

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

Visit to nominate your favorite farm mom for a chance to
win up to $10,000

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 28, 2013

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

"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 Day."

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^®
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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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