Five finalists in the Monsanto/American Agri-Women Favorite Farm Mom Contest have earned a $5,000 cash prize each, and will go head-to-head in online voting until May 12 for an additional cash prize for the overall winner.
Regional winners' bios and nominations are posted on www.americasfarmers.com, where visitors can click to cast a vote for their favorite. The farm mom receiving the most votes will be named the national winner, to be announced on Mother's Day.
Blind judging was spearheaded by American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women's farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations. Each nomination was scored for how the nominee contributes to her farm, family, community, and the agricultural industry.
"This year's nominees collectively farm more than 40 different crops, and their roles on their farms and within their communities are equally diverse," says Kris Zilliox of the American Agri-Women. "Selecting just five winners was no small feat, but these five women are outstanding representations of American farm moms."
The 2013 regional winners are:
•Northwest Region: Aimee Hachigian-Gould, Ulm, Mont.
•Southwest Region: Mary Ann Bansen, Ferndale, Calif.
•Midwest Region: Tina Hinchley, Cambridge, Wis.
•Northeast Region: Sue Roehm, Leesburg, Ohio.
•Southeast Region: Betty Rosson, Louisa, Va.