Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - Just about every American farm family includes an unsung hero: the “farm mom.” Doing everything from keeping the books to combining the fields, 30 percent of today’s primary farm operators are women.

They grow our food, our economy and our way of life—while also growing the next generation. The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest recognizes these amazing women.

From Arizona to Maine, vegetable farms to cattle ranches, supporters shared their favorite farm mom’s contributions. American Agri-Women whittled down the vast pool of worthy nominations to five regional winners.

From the Northwest: “An orthopedic surgeon raised in Detroit, she knew in her heart she was born to be a Montana rancher. She received an Angus bull instead of an engagement ring.”

From the Midwest: “She is a strong voice for agriculture and is an amazing example of a woman farmer. I could not imagine a better partner.”

From the Southwest: “Mom takes great pride in promoting agriculture and her life as a dairy farmer. Every year, up to 1,500 children come to visit the dairy. My mom has always inspired those around her.”

From the Northeast: “Travel with me to the gently rolling hills of Ohio to meet a true champion for agriculture. My mom has raised pigs, cows, sheep, corn, beans, wheat, children and now grandchildren.”

From the Southeast: “Elizabeth is the glue that holds our family together. Whether she is driving a tractor, feeding cows or caring for her family, she is 100 percent on the job.”

Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to read full nominations and learn about the other ways Monsanto supports U.S. farmers.