Betty Rosson, of Louisa, has been named Monsanto’s 2013 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year regional winner for the Southeast. One of five regional winners, Rosson was selected by judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto in recognition of the contributions she makes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry. Along with the four other regional winners, Rosson’s nomination will be featured on www.AmericasFarmers.com through May 11, where online voting will determine the national winner.
Quaker Hill Farm is a fifth-generation family farming operation that is a partnership of Betty, husband, Charles, and two of their five sons, Charles and Lee. The Rossons farm hay, pasture and grain crops and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and barley to feed to the cattle as a cash crop. They also have 750 brood cows consisting of primarily Angus and Simmental. The Rossons have more than twenty sires enrolled in AI bull stud operations, and have exported cattle around the world, as far away as Turkey and Russia. Quaker Hill Farm is also home to show pigs and Boer goats for 4-H and FFA students to show.
Betty is co-chair of the Louisa County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. She is also a board member of the Louisa County Rescue Squad, a founding member of the Servants of Christ Baptist Church and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
“I am so humbled and surprised to receive such an honor and recognition,” Betty says. “God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, five boys and 11 grandchildren. Living on a farm and raising a family provides me with countless blessings and joy that words can’t describe.”
Nominations were submitted on each regional winner’s behalf by a friend, family member or loved one who shared a brief essay telling judges about their favorite farm mom and why she should be “America’s Famers Mom of the Year.” Each regional winner received a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. The farm mom receiving the most online votes will receive an additional $5,000 and the national title, to be announced on Mother’s Day.
“Reading regional winners’ nominations, it’s clear that no matter what and where they farm, farm moms work tirelessly to improve not only their farming operations and communities, but perceptions of agriculture in general,” says Lisa Safarian, U.S. Row Crops Lead, Monsanto. “While we may not say it as often as we should, we all love and appreciate this nation’s farm moms!”
In the nomination submitted on Betty’s behalf, Charles wrote, “Whether she is driving a tractor, feeding cows or caring for her family, she is 100 percent all in for the job. Mom certainly doesn’t let grass grow under her feet, as she is always on the move for her family, her church, her farm and her community.” The nomination is posted in its entirety at AmericasFarmers.com.
Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year is an extension of the America’s Farmers program, which celebrates the contributions of America’s farmers, who provide food, energy and clothing for a growing planet. Visit AmericasFarmers.com to vote for the 2013 national farm mom winner and to read about other ways Monsanto is recognizing the contributions of American farmers.
Betty is looking forward to the opportunity to work with other farm moms and grandmothers to educate urban moms of the safety of their food supply. “This is a wonderful opportunity – I’m still overwhelmed by the nice surprise!” she says.