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Congratulations to

Patrick Hoefling

When it comes to crops, customers and their community, nobody goes above and beyond quite like Patrick Hoefling. His dependability, dedication and care have earned him praise from customers far and wide. They specifically request him and his services because they know he’ll always do the job as if it were his own field. Beyond application, he’s created numerous jobs in the Odebolt, Iowa community as a local business owner. He’s also an avid 1/16 scale tractor collector, as well as a proud father and grandfather. After an impressive 50 years in the industry, Patrick is planning to retire in the next year or two to spend more time with family. We’re pleased to say he’ll be able to do so as an award winner. Congrats, Patrick!


2021 Finalists

A very special thanks to our runners-up Kourtney Kaemming and Shane Twenter. Your hard work and dedication are an inspiration to all of us at AGCO.

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.

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