Top Producer of the Year

You’ve taken the risks and built a successful business.

You give back to your industry and your local community.

Your story would help others push themselves to achieve success.


TPOYThe Top Producer of the Year Award identifies and honors agricultural producers from whom our readers can learn business concepts, ranging from value-added ventures to succession plans to overcoming adversity. If these characteristics can be used to describe you, then you should apply to be the 2019 Top Producer of the Year.
Entrants will be judged on:
  • entrepreneurial originality (50%)
  • financial and business progress (30%)
  • industry or community leadership (20%)
Any farmer or rancher who derives at least half of his/her income from farming and farm-related ventures may apply.


The three 2019 Top Producer of the Year finalists received a trip for two to Top Producer Seminar, CEO consulting sessions and other prizes. The winner also received a lease of a Case IH tractor for six months and an international trip. Prizes may vary from 2019.

The three finalists for the 2019 Top Producer of the Year award will be recognized at the 2020 Top Producer Seminar, which runs Jan. 28-30 in Chicago. 


Deadline to enter: Sept. 5, 2019

For details, please email editor Sara Schafer at

Click here to download the 2020 Top  Producer of the Year Application.


Profiles of Past Winners:

2018 Top Producer of the Year Finalists
Frank Howey
Monroe, N.C.
Bailey Family Farms
Iola, Ill. 
  Jeremie Pavelski, Heartland Farms
Hancock, Wis. 
2017 Top Producer of the Year  
Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr
Ridge Spring, S.C.
Richard and Roderick Gumz
Endeavor, Wis.

John Pagel
Kewaunee, Wis.

2016 Top Producer of the Year Finalists
Donald and Cheri De Jong
Hartley, Texas
Ron and Zoey Brooks and Brooks Farms
Waupaca, Wis.

Annie Dee and Dee River Ranch
Aliceville, Ala.

2015 Top Producer of the Year Finalists
Bill, Albert, Bernard and David Peterson and Peterson Farms
Loretto, Ky.
Stan Boshart and SJB Farms
Tangent, Ore.

Roric Paulman and Paulman Farms
Sutherland, Neb.

2014 Top Producer of the Year Finalists
Lee Lubbers
Gregory, S.D.
Jay and Cara Myers
Colfax, N.D.

Joe Zumwalt
Warsaw, Ill.

Luke Brubaker
Mount Joy, Pa.
John Carroll
Illinois and Brazil
  Dave Nelson
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Gregg Halverson
Grand Forks, N.D.
Tim Richter
Lime Springs, Iowa
  Mike Stamp
Decatur, Mich.


Jim Kline
Hartford City, Ind.
Jake Clark
Grand Ledge, Mich.
  Justin Crownover
Sunray, Texas
Donny DeLine
Charleston, Mo.
Schmidt Farms
Sudlersville, Md.
Hudye Farms
Burlington, Colo.
Lon Frahm
Colby, Kan.
Andy & Beth Snider
Hart, Mich.
  Duncanson Growers
Mapleton, Minn.
Dave Minich
Logansport, Ind.
Star Rock Farms
Conestoga, Penn.
  Leroy Shatto,
Osborn, Mo.
Kip Tom
Leesburg, Ind.
Joe Nichols
Wallonia, Ky.
  Randy Hughes
Janesville, Wis.
Chad Olsen
Hendricks, Minn.
Dean Walker
Orofino, Ida.
  Rick Rosentreter
Carlinville, Ill.
Steve Irsik
Ingalls, Kan.
Bill Kubecka
Palacios, Tex.
  Craig Yunker
Elba, N.Y. 
Brian Mitchell
Elkhart, Kan.
Kevin Green
DeWitt, Iowa
  Jay Garetson
Copeland, Kan.
Dean Folkvord
Three Forks, Mont.
Keith Masser
Sacramento, Pa.
  Tim Dewey
Cimarron, Kan.
Melvin Winger
Johnson, Kan.
Jerry Hostetter
Ephrata, Pa.
  Jay Clasing
Ruthven, Iowa
Ben Riensche
Jesup, Iowa
John Moser
Greeley, Colo.
  Gene Veliquette, 
Williamsburg, Mich.
Marty Klinker
Fairfield, Mont.
Donnie Young
Ulysses, Kan.
  Steve and Lola Raska
Great Falls, Mont.