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Virginia Cattle Rancher Wins Farm Mom of the Year Title



(NAFB)--Monsanto’s 2013 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is Virginia grain and cattle farmer Betty Rosson. Her son Charles wrote that whether driving a tractor, feeding cows or caring for her family - Betty is 100-percent all-in for the job. In addition - Betty is very active in her community. The nomination her son wrote notes her 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. Betty manages the record-keeping and taxes for Quaker Hill Farm and plans two annual cattle production sales. She’s also a founding member of her church and is a board member of her local volunteer rescue squad. Upon learning she had won Farm Mom of the Year - Betty said it’s a blessing to raise a family on the farm and be involved with agriculture.

Betty was selected by judges of American Agri-Women as the regional winner for the Southeast. She and four other regional winners receive a five-thousand dollar cash prize from Monsanto. As the national winner - Betty also receives an additional five-thousand dollars. Kris Zilliox of American Agri-Women says from the large pool of nominations from almost every state - Betty’s immediately stood out. Zilliox says like so many farm moms - Betty is passionate about supporting her family, bettering her community and increasing awareness of American agriculture.

 

America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is an element of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers program - an advocacy effort promoting, recognizing and supporting U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of agriculture. To read more about Betty and the other 2013 regional winners - visit AmericasFarmers dot com (www.AmericasFarmers.com).  [Members of the panel include: Ryan Best, 2011-2012 National FFA President; Anne Burkholder, cattle feedlot owner; Ed Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center; Gail Golab, Ph.D., DVM, Director of American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Division; Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University Professor of Animal Science; Karl Guggenmos, Johnson & Wales University Dean of Culinary Education; Tim Loula, DVM, co-founder and co-owner of Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minnesota; Miyun Park, Global Animal Partnership Executive Director; Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs; Richard Raymond, M.D., former U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety; Janeen Salak-Johnson, Ph.D., University of Illinois Associate Professor in Animal Sciences; Janice Swanson, Ph.D., Michigan State University Chair and Professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare; and Bruce Webster, Ph.D., University of Georgia Professor of Poultry Science.] a


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