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Mom of the Year joins ag experts at American Agri-Women's Mid-Year Meeting

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America's Farmers Mom of the Year, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, of White City, Kan., joins other national agriculture experts at American Agri-Women's annual mid-year meeting, set for April 4 to 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville, Ky.

Lyons-Blythe says she is proud to accept the award in recognition of farm moms everywhere who work long hours for little recognition. "I'm humbled to be singled out, because there are so many farm moms who work each day to build a legacy for their children," she says. "I am thankful for everyone who supports farm wives and moms in general." She authors an online blog, "Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch," with which she strives to give consumers a glimpse of life on a family farm. America's Farmers Mom of the Year is an element of Monsanto's America's Farmers program, an advocacy effort promoting, recognizing and supporting U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of agriculture.

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James R. Comer will welcome the attendees. In his time as commissioner, he has gained national attention through some of his innovative initiatives to enhance rural economic development through agriculture.

"For more than 30 years, AAW has been promoting agriculture and educating consumers. One of the best ways we do that is by reaching consensus on political and legal challenges facing our members," says Karen Yost, president of American Agri-Women. Yost is from Billings, Mont. She and her husband, George, own Nutra-Lix, Inc., a livestock supplement company.

This year, the group will address such issues as:

--Consumer education;

--Agriculture advocacy efforts; and

--Mining and fracking.

AAW's strategic action response teams will also meet to discuss issues related to specific commodities and areas, such as ag business and economics, natural resources, education, and more. Agenda and speaker information is available at http://www.americanagriwomen.org/2013-mid-year-meeting.

Anyone interested in learning more about agriculture is invited to attend the meeting. For registration details, visit http://www.americanagriwomen.org/2013-mid-year-meeting or contact Karen Yost, president@americanagriwomen.org, 406-794-0888.

American Agri-Women is a national coalition of more than 50,000 farm, ranch and agribusiness women. The organization will draft resolutions on the critical issues facing agriculture at this meeting. It will then present these positions to elected officials at its annual "Fly-In" in Washington, D.C., in early June.

AAW is a force for truth and a reasoned, non-partisan voice for the agriculture community to the public.

Date: 3/25/2013



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