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Nominate the next America's Farmers Mom of the Year! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nancy Hallahan   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:55

LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE A FARM MOM FOR AMERICA’S FARMERS MOM OF THE YEAR

 

April 23 is the deadline to nominate a farm mom for the national title and $10,000 grand prize

 

ST. LOUIS (April 16, 2012) - Monsanto’s search for the next America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is winding down, but there’s still time to nominate your favorite farm mom for the national title and up to $10,000 in prize money. Nominations will be accepted through April 23 at www.AmericasFarmers.com.

For its third year, Monsanto will again partner with American Agri-Women to spearhead the judging process. Each of five regional winners will receive $5,000 and will be featured on AmericasFarmers.com from May 1–12, where online voting will determine the national winner. The new America’s Farmers Mom of the Year will be announced on the site on Mother’s Day, May 13, and she will receive an additional $5,000.

“From the outpouring of entries we’ve received thus far, it’s clear that farm moms are loved and appreciated by their families, students, neighbors and friends,” says Consuelo Madere, America’s Farmers spokesperson. “I encourage everyone whose life has been impacted by a farm mom to visit AmericasFarmers.com and nominate her before the contest ends this month. It’s one small way to say ‘thank you’ and ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to that extra-special farm mom.”

April Hemmes, America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2011 for the Midwest Region, feels the contest is a great opportunity to recognize women in the male-dominated farming industry. “I think this effort really brings awareness to farm women, who are often under-recognized,” she says. “This contest is a great way to tell her you love her and she’s doing a great job.’”

Bette Lu Lerwick, America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2011 national winner, recalls the day she received the call telling her she had won. “I was very surprised, and a little astounded, to be honored for the things I do just living my life, here on the farm in my little Wyoming community,” she says. “I’m so glad that Monsanto is recognizing this very real, very necessary side of farming.”

Anyone can submit a nomination by visiting AmericasFarmers.com and explaining how their favorite farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry. Complete eligibility requirements and official rules can be obtained on the website or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, 914 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 23.

America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is an element of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow America program, an advocacy effort promoting, recognizing and supporting U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of agriculture.

 

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/MonsantoCo, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

 

About American Agri-Women

American Agri-women (AAW) is a national coalition of more than 50,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women, representing state and commodity affiliates. “We are a force for truth, a reasoned, nonpartisan voice for the agricultural community to the public.”

 

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ISU Scott County Extension & Outreach Master Gardeners Phone Clinic Open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:26

 
ISU Extension and Outreach Scott County Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 06 April 2012 09:13

 
Soy Checkoff Sponsors Tractor Pulls to Showcase Biodiesel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 06 April 2012 08:31
Partnerships Help Increase Availability and Use of Soy Biodiesel to Diesel Users

ST. LOUIS (April 4, 2012) – U.S. biodiesel production reached an all-time record in 2011, and the United Soybean Board (USB) and soy checkoff want to help it repeat that feat in 2012.

As part of a larger strategy to promote soy biodiesel’s benefits among diesel users, the checkoff will once again co-sponsor the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) season of approximately 80 tractor pulls across the United States. The checkoff partners with the NTPA to increase biodiesel availability and use among pulling fans, many of whom work in the agricultural and trucking sectors.

“Pulling tractors perform so well on biodiesel, it’s a perfect way to show farmers biodiesel’s benefits,” says USB Communications Chair Jimmy Sneed, a soybean farmer from Hernando, Miss. “It’s important to remind farmers that using soybean oil for biodiesel is one of the components that determines the value of each bushel we grow. It makes sense for soybean farmers to use their own products and promote biodiesel.”

Under the co-sponsorship, tractors in the NTPA’s Light Pro Stock division will run on biodiesel. So these pullers will put biodiesel to the test all season long.

According to millions of miles of checkoff-funded testing, biodiesel can stand up to those tests. It offers excellent horsepower, mileage, cetane and lubricity. And, since it can be made from U.S. soybean oil, it’s the only diesel fuel that can help declare freedom from foreign oil.

Check the NTPA schedule to find out if Light Pro Stock “Powered by Biodiesel” hooks will be in your area.

The soy checkoff also established other partnerships to promote biodiesel. Later this year, the checkoff will sponsor the National Truck Driving Championships, a trucking competition that attracts tens of thousands of representatives from that industry. Additionally, the checkoff partners with Clean Cities coalitions; assorted state, county and regional fairs; and the tractor pulls at the National Farm Machinery Show to promote the use of biodiesel, Bioheat® and other soy-based products.

The soy checkoff funds most of the biodiesel research and promotion efforts through the National Biodiesel Board to help increase the use of U.S. soybean oil. Soybean oil remains the dominant feedstock for U.S. biodiesel production.

These efforts helped push production of America’s Advanced Biofuel to a record of nearly 1.1 million gallons in 2011. This exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s 800-million-gallon requirement and surpassed the industry’s previous record of 690 million gallons set in 2008.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org
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Veterans Fundamental to Next Generation of Family Farmers and Ranchers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:06

By John Crabtree, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Rural Affairs

The future of family farming and ranching depends on a new generation getting started in agriculture. Our experience at the Center for Rural Affairs teaches us that many military veterans want to be part of the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The number of returning veterans and the disproportionate number from rural America, coupled with our nation’s debt to all these brave men and women, cry out for public policies that help beginners – especially military veterans – establish farms and ranches.

Last month, several veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan traveled to Washington, DC to participate in a nationwide grassroots lobbying effort spearheaded by the Center for Rural Affairs. Justin Doerr, a farmer and military veteran from Plainview, Nebraska, was there to talk to lawmakers and USDA about the importance of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act in supporting young farmers and ranchers, especially those who have served in the military.

He talked about the need to knock down some of the barriers beginners face, including access to land and credit. And that beginners who get started by serving niche markets and raising high-value crops often struggle to obtain crop insurance. Including policies that address these challenges in the next farm bill is an investment not only in the next generation of family farmers and ranchers, but all of rural America, and it is money well spent. It is also a tribute to the thousands of veterans who hope to farm or ranch someday.

 
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