Country Woman of the Year 2018

Left to right: 2018 Country Woman of the Year, Rita Mosset, Linton, N.D.; finalists Sue Kleingartner, Gackle, N.D.; Jennie Lodoen, Westhope, N.D.; Anita Hoger, New Salem, N.D.; Janal Hoff, Richardton, N.D.; and Becky Holsti, Buffalo, S.D.

Nominations are being accepted for the next Country Woman of the Year as The Bismarck Tribune partners with Farm & Ranch Guide to continue the long-running event.

The program, which started in 1994, recognizes hard-working country women in the region.

"Country Woman of the Year is a celebration of the role women play in making a family farm a viable enterprise, and in carrying on traditions that are essential to the story of North Dakota," said Tribune Publisher Gary Adkisson.

North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions will sponsor the program this year.

"We recognize the important role women contribute to North Dakota’s agriculture success. Farming and ranching in North Dakota is a business for families and a lifestyle," said Tammy Ibach, director of North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions.

Last year's winner was Rita Mosset, who runs a dairy farm with her husband southwest of Linton. She credited the award last year for acknowledging women farmers and ranchers.

"Things really have changed over the past years," said Mosset, who has been farming since 1982. "We're patted on the shoulders more."

Nominations will be accepted through mid-July. Candidates should live on a farm or ranch within Farm & Ranch Guide's distribution area: North Dakota, western Minnesota, northern South Dakota and eastern Montana.

Candidates should be told they are being nominated, and prior nominees and finalists from any past years may be resubmitted. Nominations can be made at bismarcktribune.secondstreetapp.com/Countrywoman2019.

The winner will receive $2,500 in cash and a $2,500 donation in their name to an agricultural organization of their choice.

Six finalists will be chosen and a winner will be named at an event on Sept. 26 at the Heritage Center in Bismarck. Next year, the event will be moved to July and will be held at the North Dakota State Fair.