Virginia Cattle Rancher is National "Farm Mom of the Year"

          Virginia Cattle Rancher is National "Farm Mom of the Year"

Betty Rosson Receives Majority Of Votes To Win National Title And Prize

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, May 17, 2013

ST. LOUIS, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The online votes have been tallied,
and Betty Rosson, a Virginia grain and cattle farmer, is Monsanto's 2013
America's Farmers Mom of the Year.

Betty's nomination, submitted by son Charles, was chosen by judges of American
Agri-Women as regional winner for the Southeast. Online voting was conducted
in early May, during which time anyone could visit AmericasFarmers.com, read
regional winners' nominations and cast a vote for one to receive the national
title. Betty received the most online votes, and she was notified of her
national win on Mother's Day.

"Whether she is driving a tractor, feeding cows or caring for her family,
Elizabeth (Betty) is 100 percent all-in for the job," wrote Charles in the
winning nomination. "Mom certainly doesn't let grass grow under her feet, as
she is always on the move for her family, her church, her farm and the
community."

Charles' nomination mentioned Betty's involvement in the FFA, 4-H and Ag in
the Classroom, in addition to the Louisa County Farm Bureau and livestock
judging and showmanship clinics hosted at the farm. She manages all the
record-keeping and taxes for Quaker Hill Farm, in addition to planning two
annual cattle production sales. She is a founding member of her church and is
a board member of her local volunteer rescue squad. She does all this while
caring for her 92-year-old mother. The recognition is not new to Betty, as she
recently represented Louisa County and the Central District and was a runner
upin the Virginia Farm BureauWoman of the Year contest

"This is a wonderful Mother's Day surprise!" Betty Rosson said upon learning
she had won. "Raising a family on the farm and being involved with agriculture
is a blessing. I share this recognition with farm moms everywhere!"

Quaker Hill Farm is a fifth-generation family farming operation that is a
partnership of Betty, husband, Charles, and two of their five sons, Charles
and Lee. The Rossons farm hay, pasture and grain crops and grow corn,
soybeans, wheat and barley to feed to the cattle as a cash crop. They also
have 750 brood cows consisting of primarily Angus and Simmental. The Rossons
have more than 20 sires enrolled in artificial insemination bull stud
operations, and have exported cattle around the world, as far away as Turkey
and Russia. Quaker Hill Farm is also home to show pigs and Boer goats for 4-H
and FFA students to show.

All five regional "Farm Mom of the Year" winners will receive a $5,000 cash
prize from Monsanto. As national winner, Betty will receive an additional
$5,000. A check presentation ceremony is being planned in her honor for early
summer.

"From the large pool of nominations from almost every state, Betty's
immediately stood out," said Kris Zilliox of American Agri-Women. "Like so
many farm moms, she is passionate about supporting her family, bettering her
community and increasing awareness of American agriculture. She's a fantastic
representation of what being a modern farm mom is all about!"

Visit AmericasFarmers.comto read more about Betty and the other 2013 regional
winners. To request a list of winners by mail, 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.

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About American Agri-Women
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ranch and agribusiness women, representing 60 state and commodity affiliates.
To learn more about AAW, please visit: www.americanagriwomen.org. Follow
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Gayla Daugherty, Monsanto, 314-694-6229



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