Colorado's own Nikki Weathers of Yuma is one of five finalist to compete for the 2016 National Farm Mom of the Year contest.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado's own Nikki Weathers of Yuma is one of five finalist to compete for the 2016 National Farm Mom of the Year contest. Weathers, who is the Colorado Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Chairwoman was recently selected as the Southwest Region Farm Mom of the Year. Votes will be gathered through May 4 at AmericasFarmers.com, where visitors can click to vote for their favorite farm mom.

“I’m honored to be nominated for National Farm Mom of the Year,” Nikki Weathers said. “It’s important to recognize the role women play in agriculture and the importance of the voice we carry.”

A mother of two, Nikki and her husband, Nathan, farm a number of grain crops and raise commercial cattle on their diversified family operation near Yuma, Colorado. Along with her commitment to her county and state Farm Bureau organizations, Nikki, and Nathan, are involved with other agriculture organizations like National Corn Growers Association, Colorado Livestock Association and National Cattlemen's Beef Association. A tireless advocate for agriculture, Nikki has represented her industry by testifying at the state capitol in Denver, Colorado, and in Washington, D.C., on agricultural issues. The Weathers' farm, Weathers Family Farms, opens up their farm to visitors every fall and hosts a corn maze and other fun, family-based activities during which they promote agriculture. They also grow, harvest and package their own branded popcorn to market and also to hand out to local school children as part of their ag advocacy efforts.

“We’re very proud of Nikki’s selection as Monsanto’s regional Farm Mom of the Year,” Byron Weathers, Weathers Family Farms, said. “She works very hard to promote our industry and our way of life. Her efforts are key to building bridges between the ag community and consumers who don’t always understand the origins of their food and fiber and the complexities and risks involved in production agriculture. She is a shining example of an American Farm Mom.”

The 2016 regional winners of the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest are: Northwest Region: Katie Heger, Underwood, North Dakota; Southwest Region: Nikki Weathers, Yuma, Colorado; Midwest Region: Karen Kasper, Owatonna, Minnesota; Northeast Region: Ann Stamp, Cranston, Rhode Island; and Southeast Region: Mary Courtney, Bagdad, Kentucky.

“What all of these women accomplish on a daily basis is phenomenal, making our job to select just one winner per region a difficult one,” said Tracy Mueller, corporate brand manager for Monsanto. “However, we are thrilled to introduce to America our five new regional farm moms. We were impressed with their drive and willingness to speak out for agriculture, and we know America will be, too.”

Each regional farm mom winner will receive a $5,000 award. Their biographical information and original nomination is currently posted online at AmericasFarmers.com, where visitors can click to vote for their favorite farm mom. The farm mom who receives the most votes between now and May 4, will be named the National Farm Mom of the Year. As a bonus, she will also receive an additional $5,000 prize.

Here’s the link to see all of the Farm Mom of the Year Finalist and to vote for your favorite. Voting closes this weekend.

http://www.americasfarmers.com/community-outreach/farm-mom-nominees-2016/