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AGCO'S Operator of the Year Award 2022 Finalists

Who will take home the award?

After hundreds of submissions, we've found the best of the best. Meet the three finalists who've gone above and beyond for crops, customers and their communities:

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Kourtney Kaemming

Hometown - Defiance, OH

Company – Jewell Grain Company

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Patrick Hoefling

Hometown - Odebolt, IA

Company – Nutrien Ag Solutions

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Shane Twenter

Hometown - Boonville, MO

Company – MFA Incorporated

Our winner will be named at this at this year’s ARA Conference & Expo in San Diego, California. Stay tuned!

Since 2006, AGCO has honored the hard work of ag retailers and custom applicators in North America with the Operator of the Year award. These dedicated men and women are evaluated based on their performance both on and off the field, including criteria such as skill, dedication, customer service, and community involvement.

These professionals spend untold hours at work every season, using technologically advanced applicators to apply fertilizer and crop protection products on millions of acres. This helps ensure growers achieve their best possible yield.

2021 Operator of the Year

Congratulations to

Kolby Watson

Difficult or tedious applications? That’s pretty much Kolby Watson’s specialty. You can find him and his Rogator 1100B or Terragator 8400B anywhere from Townsend, MT to Victor, ID to Alta, WY. New technology and evolving crops mean that Kolby is always rising to the challenge, taking the regional Certified Crop Advisor test in February 2021. He’s also planning to take the international Certified Crop Advisor test this coming winter. When not seated in the cab of his applicator, you can find Kolby in the field pulling tissue samples, scouting crops, soil sampling, and following up with his customers.

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2021 Operator of the Year Finalists

2021 Finalists

Bill Bata from Adams, North Dakota and Brady Jones from Lindsay, Ontario

Each of you is a great ally to your community in your own right. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication this past year, and we look forward to recognizing the best operators in the business again next year.

Honoring North America's Top Professional Applicators

AGCO Operator of the Year Award Winners Since 2006

  • 2021 - Kolby Watson
    Simplot Grower Solutions - St. Anthony, ID
  • 2020 - 15 Yrs. of OTY
    Donations made in past winner’s names to local charities due to pandemic
  • 2019 - Mose Middleton
    Nutrien Ag - Lucerne, IN
  • 2018 - Jerry Born
    Farmers Union Oil - Fairmount, ND
  • 2017 - Andrew Myburgh
    Agtegra - Aberdeen, SD
  • 2016 - Tony Kornder
    Genisis Growing Solutions - Le Sueur, MN
  • 2015 - Brian Manolovits
    Wilbur Ellis - Mott, ND
  • 2014 - Brent Klein
    Simplot Grower Solutions - Ashton, ID
  • 2013 - Tony Randolph
    Southern States - Farmville, NC
  • 2012 - Glen Slabaugh
    Clunette Elevator - Leesburg, IN
  • 2011 - Gary Hammond
    Cargill - Alma, NE
  • 2010 - Mike Plumier
    Ceres Solutions - Templeton, IN
  • 2009 - Tod Borge
    South Dakota Wheat Growers - Aberdeen, SD
  • 2008 - Kyle Jones
    Heartland Coop - Slater, IA
  • 2007 - Matt Missling
    Crystal Valley Coop - Madelia, MN
  • 2006 - Rod Dennis
    Wilbur Ellis - Warden, WA