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Oklahoma farm mom is Farmer Mom of the Year in Monsanto contest

Agriculture.com Staff 05/20/2010 @ 7:04am

Carol Cowan, Watonga, Oklahoma, has been voted Monsanto Company's America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2010, according to a company report.

Cowan was one of 5 regional winners selected by a panel of judges from the American Agri-Women and Monsanto as finalists for America's Farmers Mom of the Year. More than 4,600 votes were cast for the national winner at AmericasFarmers.com. Cowan will receive $2,500 from Monsanto in recognition of being the national winner, in addition to $5,000 she received for being a regional winner.

"I am honored to represent farm moms nationwide, and would like to thank Monsanto for sponsoring this promotion," says Cowan. "It is a definite honor to be named Monsanto's first America's Farmers Mom of the Year. It's been a lot of fun!"

Cowan was nominated through a nationwide call for entries, and winners were selected on the nominees' contributions to family, farm and community. Cowan's nomination as submitted by friend Nancy Baker reads, "Most moms only have 1 job, maybe 2, but Carol wears many hats and enjoys them all. I believe our country would have better people if they were all raised on a farm with Carol. She could show anyone how hard, honest work will make you happy and successful. Every family needs a mom like Carol."

Cowan's winning nomination in its entirety is posted at AmericasFarmers.com.

Cowan has lived in Watonga all her married life and works alongside her husband Rodney on their on their wheat, soybean, alfalfa and cattle operation. She is a member of the American Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, First Baptist Church and the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program. She and her husband have four children: Ashley, twins Kelsey (who is engaged to Kurtis Shaw) and Kari (married to Colby Hetherington) and son Lance, who, along with wife Amy, is involved in the farming operation.

"She's a remarkable lady who embodies the values of the farm wife and mother," says Tami Craig Schilling, Monsanto community relations spokesperson and southern Illinois farm mom. "We were impressed with the outpouring of nominations shared from around the country. Each essay reinforced the vital role women play in American agriculture."

Carol Cowan, Watonga, Oklahoma, has been voted Monsanto Company's America's Farmers Mom of the Year 2010, according to a company report.

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