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Minnesota farmer named regional 'Farm Mom of the Year'

Karen Kasper of Owatonna was named Midwest region 'farm mom' in Monsanto's annual contest.

April 28, 2016

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Monsanto recently announced five regional winners in its 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

Karen Kasper, a dairy farmer from Owatonna, was named the Midwest Region winner.

Other 2016 regional winners of the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest were: Northwest Region, Katie Heger, Underwood, N.D.; Southwest Region, Nikki Weathers, Yuma, Colo.; Northeast Region, Ann Stamp, Cranston, R.I.; and Southeast Region, Mary Courtney, Bagdad, Ky.


Each regional farm mom winner will receive a $5,000 award. Their biographical information and original nomination is currently posted online at, where visitors can click to vote for their favorite farm mom. The farm mom who receives the most votes between April 24 and May 4, will be named the “National Farm Mom of the Year.” As a bonus, she will also receive an additional $5,000 prize.

“For so long, women on the farm have been the unsung heroes, quietly going about their day taking care of what needed to get done,” says Donnell Scott of American Agri-Women. “But in reading these nominations, it’s clear all of the nominees have made such a positive and meaningful impact on everyone around them that is deeply appreciated. AAW is honored to help Monsanto select the finalists and learn more about all of the amazing women in agriculture.”

For a list of winners, past or present winner profiles and official contest rules, visit

 Interested parties may also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America's Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: Sue Dillon, 349 Marshall Ave., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63119.

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