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AGCO'S Operator of the Year Award 2022

Now accepting nominations!

We're looking for the best of the best operators. Those who've gone above and beyond in caring for crops, customers or their community. If you know of one of these hardworking professionals, we'd like to get to know them ourselves. Take a few minutes and tell us about how they made a difference for you and your operation. Your nominee might even be selected to attend this year's ARA Conference & Expo in San Diego, California, to be crowned the winner and take home a new side-by-side UTV or cash equivalent. Please nominate your pick for Operator of the Year by October 1.


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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Nominators must be an owner or employee of a retailer that provides agricultural chemical application services, residing in the 50 U.S. / D.C. or Canada (excluding Quebec), age 18+ and the age of majority in his/her state/province of residence* (19+ in AL, BC, NE,NB, NL, NT, NS, NU and YT; 21+ in MS). Candidates must be a custom applicator of agricultural chemicals or an ag-retailer operator that has the primary job of operating application equipment, residing in the 50 U.S. / D.C. or Canada(excluding Quebec), age 18+ and the age of majority in his/her state/province of residence. Void in Quebec, outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and Canada and where prohibited. Nomination Period starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on 8/1/21; ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/11/21. For details on how to nominate a candidate, prizes and Official Rules, click here. There is no limit to the number of nominations a nominator may submit, however,a nominator may only submit one (1) nomination for any one (1) candidate. A Nominator may not submit a nomination for himself/herself. Sponsors: AGCO Corporation, 4205 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096 and AGCO Canada Limited, 515 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK, S4N 6S1.

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.