Five regional winners have been announced in the America's Farmers Mom of the Year program and votes for this year's national Mom of the Year will be accepted through May 10 at AmericasFarmers.com.
The program, a collaboration between Monsanto and American Agri-Women, invited nominations that represent the important and continually evolving role that women play in American farms, families, rural communities and the agriculture industry.
The regional winners were nominated by those close to them who see their commitment to their families, communities and farms each and every day. To honor these efforts, each of the five regional winners will receive $2,000 to direct to an eligible nonprofit organization of her choice in her community, as well as $3,000 for her personal use.
The 2017 regional winners of the America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest program are:
Southwest: Becca Ferry, Brigham City, Utah
Midwest: Shari Sell-Bakker, Dike, Iowa
Northeast: Susan Brocksmith, Vincennes, Ind.
Southeast: Cala Tabb, Eupora, Miss.
Northwest: Nancy Kirkholm, Homer, Neb.
"Every year, I look forward to reading through the entries, and am astounded by the incredible women that are nominated," said Tracy Mueller, Monsanto's Marketing Communications Manager. "This year was no exception. The five regional winners' strength and determination is seen throughout all aspects of their lives, and we are honored to recognize them for their contributions."
Since the program began in 2010, the America's Farmers Mom of the Year program has recognized 40 exceptional individuals. In 2017, the program is focusing even more on the communities in which these women live and work by providing financial support to eligible nonprofit organizations these farm moms are passionate about.
The regional winner who receives the most votes now through May 10 will be named America's Farmers National Mom of the Year, and will receive an additional $2,000 to direct to an eligible nonprofit she cares about in her community. More information about the America's Farmers Mom of the Year program can also be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.