Monsanto has opened nominations for the next America's Farmers Mom of the Year award.
Nominations for the contest, which is in its fifth year, will be open until March 31, 2014. Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom for a chance to win up to $10,000 – whether it's their own mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member.
"Last year we received nominations from 48 different states – all featuring wonderful stories of active and empowered women who make a positive impact on their families, farms and communities," says Jessica Simmons, corporate marketing director for Monsanto. "We know there are still so many great stories out there to share and more women to recognize, so we want to hear from you."
To nominate a favorite farm mom, visit www.americasfarmers.com during the nomination period and submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture.
Each nomination will be judged against published criteria by a panel of judges from American Agri-Women. Monsanto will select five regional winners based on the judges' decisions. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Profiles of the regional winners will then be posted to the contest website, where the public can vote for one national farm mom winner.
Announced just prior to Mother's Day, the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize above and beyond her regional prize.
"We carefully review every nomination and enjoy reading the phenomenal stories of farm moms who give selflessly to better the world they live in," says Kris Zilliox, Vice President of Education for American Agri-Women. "We are glad to be a part of a program that recognizes the important role women play in agriculture and are looking forward to seeing what the 2014 nominations will bring."
For more information on the program or for complete eligibility requirements and official contest rules visit www.americasfarmers.com. 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.