Top Honors for Producers

August 2, 2017 02:32 AM

Nominate outstanding farmers for two awards

In 2018, Top Producer will present its 18th Top Producer of the Year Award and seventh Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award. They pay tribute to remarkable farmers who have taken risks, built successful businesses and given back to their communities. 

“The contributions these farmers make to their communities, teams and agriculture as a whole are unbelievable,” says Sara Schafer, Top Producer Editor. “Their stories serve as inspiration for their peers and future generations of farmers.”

Producers who have won these awards represent diverse operations spanning row crops, fruits, vegetables, dairy, beef, straw and more. But their stories are compelling not only because of the markets they serve but because of the outstanding business practices they have adopted over time. They have faced hardship and stayed true to personal missions. The mark of these winners is not risk aversion but a capacity to work hard and win.


2018 Top Producer of the Year Award

The application deadline for the Top Producer of the Year Award is Sept. 1, 2017. The award honors producers whose operations are at the forefront of agriculture. Read about the 2017 winners, Lori Anne and Chalmers Carr of Titan Farms. 

The 2017 Top Producer of the Year winner received a trip for two to Top Producer Seminar, a lease of a Case IH tractor for six months, a Top Producer Executive Network (TPEN) membership, CEO consulting sessions and other prizes. 

To apply, fill out the required information and send two letters of reference from a banker or agribusiness leader. Download the application at

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2018 Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award

The application for the Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award is due Dec. 31, 2017. The award recognizes farmers 35 and under who represent the next generation of esteemed farm leaders. 

As with the Top Producer of the Year Award, winners are recognized in Top Producer magazine and online, and entrants are judged on entrepreneurial originality (50%), financial and business progress (30%) and leadership (20%). The 2017 Horizon Award winner received trips for two to the Top Producer Seminar and Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference, a drone and other prizes. 

To apply, send two letters of reference and complete the application at

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