Cast a Vote Today to Select the 2013 National "Farm Mom of the Year"

     Cast a Vote Today to Select the 2013 National "Farm Mom of the Year"

Visit to read regional winners' nominations; Vote for one
to win national title

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2013

ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From Alaska to Florida, Maine to
Hawaii, you took the time to share what makes your favorite farm mom so
special. Now, American Agri-Women and Monsanto have selected five regional
winners. Your vote will help determine this year's national winner, to be
announced on Mother's Day.

Each regional winner was awarded a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. Online
votes cast on before May 12 – Mother's Day – will
determine the winner of the national title and recipient of an additional
$5,000 prize.

The 2013 regional winners are:

  oNorthwest Region: Aimee Hachigian-Gould, Ulm, Mont.
  oSouthwest Region: Mary Ann Bansen, Ferndale, Calif.
  oMidwest Region: Tina Hinchley, Cambridge, Wis.
  oNortheast Region: Sue Roehm, Leesburg, Ohio.
  oSoutheast Region: Betty Rosson, Louisa, Va.

"Reading regional winners' nominations, it's clear that no matter what and
where they farm, farm moms work tirelessly to improve not only their farming
operations and communities, but perceptions of agriculture in general," says
Lisa Safarian, U.S. Row Crops Lead, Monsanto. "While we may not say it as
often as we should, we all love and appreciate this nation's farm moms!"

Regional winners' bios and nominations are posted on,
where visitors can click to cast a vote for their favorite. The farm mom
receiving the most votes will be named the national winner, to be announced on
Mother's Day.

Blind judging was spearheaded by American Agri-Women, a national coalition of
women's farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations. Each nomination was scored
for how the nominee contributes to her farm, family, community, and the
agricultural industry.

"This year's nominees collectively farm more than 40 different crops, and
their roles on their farms and within their communities are equally diverse,"
says Kris Zilliox of American Agri-Women. "Selecting just five winners was no
small feat, but these five women are outstanding representations of American
farm moms."

To obtain a list of winners, read past or present winner nominations, or see
official rules for America's Farmers Mom of the Year, visit or send 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. Visit for more information.

About Monsanto Company
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and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
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to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
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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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