Monsanto, along with the American Agri-Women on Friday announced the 2015 America's Farm Mom regional winners.
Beginning Friday and continuing through May 5, America can begin voting online for one of these women to be named 2015 "National Farm Mom of the Year."
"Every year we receive such heartfelt nominations about people's favorite Farm Mom," says Tracy Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto. "But this year, we've especially been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries we received. These women have different backgrounds and ways they contribute, but one thing was always clear – their strength, perseverance and dedication to their families, farms, communities and the industry they love."
Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 award. Their biographical information and original nomination is currently posted online at americasfarmers.com, where visitors can click to vote for their favorite farm mom based on the judging criteria provided in the contest rules.
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The woman who receives the most votes between April 24 and May 5 will be named the 2015 "National Farm Mom of the Year" -- just in time for Mother's Day. As a bonus, she will also receive an additional $5,000 prize.
"It was such an honor to read about all of the amazing farm moms and learn about all they do for their families and communities," says Donnell Scott, of American Agri-Women. "AAW is pleased to be a part of this recognition program."
The 2015 regional winners of the America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest include:
• Northwest Region: Shelly Davis (Albany, Ore.)
• Southwest Region: Shelley Heinrich (Lubbock, Texas)
• Midwest Region: Sara Ross (Minden, Iowa)
• Northeast Region: Amy Kelsay (Franklin, Ind.)
• Southeast Region: Megan Seibel (Roanoke, Va.)
For a list of winners, past or present winner profiles or official contest rules, visit americasfarmers.com.
See biographies of the 2015 Regional Farm Mom winners >>
A few years ago Sara started her own blog sharing healthy, kid-friendly recipes and stories about being a mom. The blog started out small, but when she became a part of Common Ground, she began teaching people across the United States about how farms work and how important our farmers are.
The idea was to teach city people about farms and the ag industry as a whole. She explains topics like GMOs, animal care and biotechnology. Sara even traveled to China where she spoke to consumers about U.S. agriculture and biotech soybeans.
Click the link above to go to Sara's full bio on the America's Farm Mom website.
Shelley was always at sporting events, cheering loud while working in the concession stands. She dedicated her nonexistent “free time” to the children and the farm whether it was serving on the School Board, Softball League Boards, FFA Booster Clubs, coaching softball teams and making costumes for school plays, or bringing food to the farmers, running to pick up parts so the boys could continue plowing, planting and harvesting.
Click the link above to go to Shelley's full bio on the America's Farm Mom website.
Shelly Boshart Davis
Shelly’s days may be long (usually in excess of 16 hours), but she thrives on the rewards that being a great mom, wife and ag producer bring. Most recently she has been on the forefront of trying to resolve the Northwest port crisis.
Helping her family run their business, Boshart Trucking, she learned first-hand the havoc the slowdown and closures have had on the ag industry and other businesses. She’s been a strong and vocal advocate, testifying at the state level and helping find a solution that will bring the ports back to their full strength.
Click the link above to go to Shelly's full bio on the America's Farm Mom website.
Nine years ago she started Farm Tours, a business that brings nearly 20,000 people each year to the dairy to learn about the realities of agriculture and the importance of dairy in their diet.
Visitors can sample milkshakes, ride the MooChoo Express, and wind their way through a corn maze as the farm becomes the hub of the very best of agri-tourism. If someone can’t make it to the farm, she has a blog — “Two Maids a Milking.”
Click the link above to go to Amy's full bio on the America's Farm Mom website.
In addition to her own farm, Megan serves on the county Farm Bureau board and is involved in the local Ruritan club. She is project lead of the Book Barn program, where members can donate books about agriculture that are sent to local elementary schools. Children are encouraged to look at these books and visit the farm.
And she is the director of VALOR, a leadership development program for adults in agriculture. Through this program, adults develop their communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills along with developing knowledge of global and local agriculture.
Click the link above to go to Megan's full bio on the America's Farm Mom website.
Photo/Bio source: AAW/Monsanto