Monsanto this week named the 2013 America's Farmers Mom of the Year as Betty Rosson, a Virginia grain and cattle farmer.
Rosson's nomination, submitted by son Charles, was chosen by judges of American Agri-Women as regional winner for the Southeast. Rosson received the most votes in online competition and 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% 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."
The nomination mentioned Rosson'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.
Quaker Hill Farm is a fifth-generation family farming operation that is a partnership of Rosson and her husband, Charles, as well as 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.
"This is a wonderful Mother's Day surprise," 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."
All five regional "Farm Mom of the Year" winners will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. As national winner, Rosson will receive an additional $5,000. A check presentation ceremony is being planned in her honor for early summer.