Two dairy farmers are finalists for the title of Top Producer of the Year. The prestigious annual award given by Top Producer magazine recognizes producers whose excellence in business can teach industry peers about value-added ventures, succession plans, overcoming adversity and more.
The 17th winner will be announced Jan. 27, 2016 in Chicago during the annual Top Producer of the Year banquet. Finalists for this year are:
- Ron Brooks of Brooks Farm, a dairy and grain operation in Waupaca, Wis.;
- Annie Dee of Dee Farm, a grain, cattle and timber operation in Aliceville, Ala.; and
- Donald and Cheri De Jong, dairy farmers from Hartley Texas who operate Northside Farms, Jersey Gold Dairy and Natural Prairie Dairy Farms.
Judging criteria are entrepreneurial originality (50%); financial and business progress (30%); and industry or community leadership (20%).
Each of the finalists will receive a trip for two to attend the seminar, which runs through Jan. 29. The winner will get to choose either a Steiger Rowtrac or a Magnum Rowtrac from Case IH for 150 hours of use, in addition to other prizes.
Learn from the Best, Head to Seminar
You can join the best farmers in the business to further your education by attending Top Producer Seminar, too.
“Even in challenging times, business-minded farmers can cash in on opportunities,” says Sara Schafer, Top Producer editor. “At the 2016 Top Producer Seminar, we’re featuring a diverse group of experts who will provide key insights on risk management, human resources, succession planning, consumer trends and more. Plus, this event allows attendees to network with the country’s best producers.”
Nearly 30 experts will challenge you to make your operation even better. The 2016 theme, “Cultivate Every Opportunity,” will remind farmers to look forward.
Don't miss an opportunity to save, early bird registration ends Dec. 31. Learn more and register at www.TopPRoducerSeminar.com.