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Unique Program Spotlights The Evolving Role Of Women In Agriculture
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 5, 2017 - Just as rural communities are the backbone of America, farm moms play a vital and integral role on the farm, with their families, in their communities and across the entire agriculture industry.

To honor the significant contributions these women make in their communities and beyond, the America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest program, sponsored by Monsanto, will help some of the most outstanding farm moms make an even bigger difference in their communities.

In 2017, the program will focus even more on the communities in which these women live and work by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations these moms are passionate about.

"Looking at our previous Farm Mom of the Year winners, one commonality stood out - their dedication to their communities," said Tracy Mueller, Monsanto marketing communications manager. "This year we've enhanced the program to further highlight farm moms' efforts in their local communities and provide financial support to nonprofit organizations they care about."

March 1 through March 31, an eligible person can nominate an eligible exceptional farm mom for the chance to be named America's Farmers Mom of the Year. A panel of judges from American Agri-Women will judge the nominations based on published criteria and Monsanto will select five regional winners based on the judges' decisions. Each of the regional winners will receive $2,000 to direct to an eligible nonprofit organization of her choice, as well as $3,000 for her personal use. Among the five regional winners, one woman will be named America's Farmers Mom of the Year based on public voting and receive an additional $2,000 to direct to an eligible nonprofit she cares about in her community.

To nominate your favorite farm mom, an eligible person can visit AmericasFarmers.com and complete an online entry or print a form for mailing by March 31, 2017. Nominations are limited to 300 words and should include details about the nominee's contributions to her farm, family, community and the agricultural industry. For the Official Contest Rules, including a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, please visit AmericasFarmers.com/community-outreach/farm-mom-program-rules/. More information on the America's Farmers Farm Mom of the Year program can also be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

"It's so humbling to read about all of the amazing farm moms who give so much of themselves and ask for nothing in return," says Doris Mold, American Agri-Women President. "It's their selflessness that makes our job to judge the nominations extremely difficult, but also so rewarding."


Attorney General's Office to Aid Consumers Affected by Tornado
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), March 5, 2017 - The Attorney General's Office is joining with local and state agencies to help those affected by this past week's devastating storms.

Representatives from the Attorney General's Office will provide resource materials in Perryville with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters.

"Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals take advantage of natural disasters to cheat people who are trying to get their lives back to normal," Hawley said. "We will arm people with information to avoid these scams and get the quality help they need."

Hawley said his office will be watching for individuals who try to take advantage of those whose homes and businesses were affected by the tornado. Hawley said one of the biggest scams following disasters is fly-by-night "storm chasers" who go door-to-door offering cleanup work. Too often, these people insist on upfront payment, only to take the money and then disappear without doing the work.

Information provided at the resource centers will give consumers valuable tips to avoid these scams, including considering how long the company has been in business, asking for insurance and licensing information, and checking with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's Office about a contractor before agreeing to have the work done.


Put Your Digital Devices to Bed Early
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 5, 2017 - The American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2016 American Eye-Q® survey revealed that 88 percent of Americans know that digital devices can negatively affect their vision, but the average American still spends seven or more hours per day looking at their screens.

This overexposure to blue light - high-energy visible light emitted from digital devices - can lead to digital eye strain, sleep problems, blurred vision, headaches and neck and shoulder pain, among other things. The AOA survey also indicates that the average millennial spends nine hours per day on devices such as smartphones, tablets, LED monitors and flat-screen TVs which also emit blue light.

The AOA understands that digital devices are an important part of everyday life, and encourages patients to learn about blue light and its impact on vision and health during Save Your Vision Month 2017 in March. The following tips explore ways people can protect their eyes and monitor digital screen usage while at home or work:

  • Power down before you turn in: Turn your digital devices off at least one hour before bed.
  • Unplug with the AOA 20-20-20 rule: When you are using any device or computer, make a conscious effort every day to take a 20-second break and look away from the screen, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
  • Step back: Maintain a comfortable working distance from your digital device by using the zoom feature to see small print and details, rather than bringing the device closer to your eyes.
  • Adjust your device to fit your needs: The AOA recommends reducing the glare by adjusting device settings or using a glare filter to decrease the amount of blue light reflected from the screen.
  • Schedule an appointment: Visit a doctor of optometry by visiting AOA.org to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to detect and address vision problems.
"This year, we're challenging you to prioritize not only your eye health, but your overall health and well-being, and limit your exposure to blue light," said Andrea Thau, O.D., president of the AOA. "It's as easy as looking away from your screen every 20 minutes and powering down an hour before bed."

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