Five Finalists Selected for America's Farmers Mom of the Year


Online voting open through May 3; winner to be announced May 4

From the nationwide call for entries, five outstanding women have been selected as regional winners of Monsanto Company's (NYSE: MON) America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2010. The public will determine the national winner by casting votes online at Online voting is open through May 3, and the national winner will be announced May 4, just before Mother's Day.

Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and advance for the chance to be honoured as the first national winner of America's Farmers Mom of the Year and receive an additional $2,500. The nominees are:

* Northeast Region: Sue Roohr, Cookstown, N.J.
* Southeast Region: Erika Forsbach, Savannah, Tenn.
* Midwest Region: Cheryl Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill.
* Southwest Region: Carol Cowan, Watonga, Okla.
* West Region: Caroline Luiz, Yreka, Calif.

A profile of each nominee, along with the official online voting form, is posted at Regional winners were selected from submissions describing how each nominee embodied the values and hard work that make up the family farm way of life. Nominees were evaluated on the contributions they have made to their family, farm and community. The American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women's farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations, partnered with Monsanto to select the regional winners.

"The list of nominations was very diverse, which is a testament to the numerous ways women make their mark in agriculture," says Chris Wilson, President, American-Agri-Women. "There were so many compelling and heartwarming entries that it was difficult to pick just one winner from each region; however, these five women are truly outstanding. Each of these farm moms is truly deserving, and we are honored to play a part in recognizing their notable commitments to agriculture and the farm family way of life."

Monsanto's America's Farmers Mom of the Year is part of the company's America's Farmers campaign, which celebrates the contributions of America's farmers who help provide food, energy and clothing for our growing planet.

"This is the first year of America's Farmers Mom of the Year, and we are impressed by the outstanding nominations we received," says Tami Craig Schilling, Monsanto community relations spokesperson and southern Illinois farm mom. "This contest really illustrates how farm moms and wives are a vital part of the American agriculture success story."

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