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Top Producer of the Year

December 29, 2008

With its Top Producer of the Year awards program, the magazine recognizes business excellence among the nation's agricultural producers. Winners are selected because they have demonstrated superior capabilities in agricultural marketing, finance, family business relationships, production or environmental stewardship. Many have overcome severe obstacles or challenges that would have discouraged other farmers. We are not looking for best single-year performance, but for an operator's long-term achievement and for individuals whose careers can provide inspiration for others in production agriculture.

Top Producer of the Year Award Entry Form (PDF)

Deadline for 2009 award: October 15, 2008.

Profiles of Past Winners:

Top Producers of 2008  Runners Up:
Dave Minich,
Logansport, Ind.
Star Rock Farms,
Conestoga, Penn.
Top Producers of 2007  
Kip Tom, 
Leesburg, Ind.
Joe Nichols,
Wallonia, Ky.
  Randy Hughes,
Janesville, Wis.
Top Producers of 2006  
Chad Olsen,
Hendricks, Minn.
Rick Rosentreter,
Carlinville, Ill.
   Dean Walker,
Orofino, Ida.
Top Producers of 2005  
Steve Irsik,
Ingalls, Kan.
Bill Kubecka,
Palacios, Tex.
  Craig Yunker,
Elba, N.Y. 
Top Producers of 2004  
Brian Mitchell,
Elkhart, Kan.
Kevin Green,
DeWitt, Iowa
  Jay Garetson,
Copeland, Kan.
Top Producers of 2003  
Dean Folkvord,
Three Forks, Mont.
Keith Masser,
Sacramento, Pa.
  Tim Dewey,
Cimarron, Kan.
Top Producers of 2002  
Melvin Winger,
Johnson, Kan.
Jerry Hostetter,
Ephrata, Pa.
  Jay Clasing,
Ruthven, Iowa
Top Producers of 2001  
Ben Riensche,
Jesup, Iowa
John Moser,
Greeley, Colo.
  Gene Veliquette,
Williamsburg, Mich.
Top Producers of 2000  
Marty Klinker,
Fairfield, Mont.
Donnie Young,
Ulysses, Kan.
  Steve and Lola Raska,
Great Falls, Mont.




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