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Brocksmith is finalist for National Farm Mom of the Year

May 1, 2017 / Brocksmith is finalist for National Farm Mom of the Year
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PHOTO - Vincennes University Professor Susan Brocksmith talks to VU students about one of the Brocksmith farm fields, illustrating soil types and drainage structures. ###

VINCENNES, Ind. - Monsanto and American Agri-Women have named Vincennes University Professor Susan Brocksmith, Vincennes, as one of five regional winners of the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program. She is now eligible to become the National Mom of the Year based on public votes through May 10.

Brocksmith chairs VU’s Business and Management Department and its Agribusiness program, in addition being a community leader, a mother, and co-operator of a Knox County farm along with her husband. Her nomination states, “Agriculture is deeply interwoven into the fabric of her life. Her teaching emphasizes hands-on experience and understanding of the evolution of farming.”

“I am so humbled to be chosen as one of five National Ag Moms by Monsanto and the ability to bring a charitable donation back to my community,” Brocksmith said.

Regional winners represent the important and continually evolving role that women play in American farms, families, rural communities, and the agriculture industry. Through May 10, the public has the opportunity to vote for this year’s National Mom of the Year by visiting

The regional winners were nominated by those close to them who see their commitment to their families, communities, and farms each and every day. Each regional winner will receive $2,000 to direct to an eligible nonprofit organization of her choice in her community, as well as $3,000 for her personal use.

In addition to Brocksmith, winner of the Northeast region, 2017 regional winners of the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program also include:
* Northwest: Nancy Kirkholm, Homer, Neb.
* Midwest: Shari Sell-Bakker, Dike, Iowa
* Southwest: Becca Ferry, Brigham City, Utah
* Southeast: Cala Tabb, Eupora, Miss.

“Every year, I look forward to reading through the entries and am astounded by the incredible women that are nominated,” said Tracy Mueller, Monsanto’s marketing communications manager. “This year was no exception. The five regional winners’ strength and determination is seen throughout all aspects of their lives, and we are honored to recognize them for their contributions.”

Since the program began in 2010, the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program has recognized 40 exceptional individuals. In 2017 the program is focusing even more on the communities in which these women live and work by providing financial support to eligible nonprofit organizations these farm moms are passionate about.

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at

About American Agri-Women

AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch, and agribusiness women and includes members from more than 50 state, commodity, and agribusiness affiliates. Since 1974, AAW members have worked to educate consumers, advocate for agriculture, and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, AAW can be found on social media at and on Twitter @Women4Ag.

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 the world’s natural resources such as water and energy. More information about Monsanto business and commitments is available on Twitter, @MonsantoCo, or the company blog, Beyond the Rows at


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