AGCO has named Mike Pluimer, Ceres Solutions, Templeton, IN, as its 2010 Operator of the Year. He was awarded a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at this week’s Ag Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Exposition.
Pluimer’s nomination described what makes him this year’s best U.S. custom applicator:
“Pluimer treats all of his customers’ fields as his own. They appreciate his keen understanding of both the agronomic and business aspects of custom application. With more than 20 years of application experience and an average of 68,000 acres over 3,000 work hours each year, it’s no surprise that Pluimer is well respected by his customers, as well as his suppliers and colleagues.”
Other finalists for the award included: Gary Brandt, Gateway FS Inc. (Red Bud, IL), Marcos Duarte, Crop Production Service (Galva, KS), and Tony Kornder, Genesis (Le Center, MN).
“This is truly one of the most rewarding programs we invest in every year,” said Mark Sharitz, AGCO Application Equipment director of marketing and current ARA board member. “There are so many outstanding operators across the country who are absolutely committed to delivering exceptional service and results to their customers. These folks play a vital role in the safe and abundant production of food, fiber, and energy, and we believe their contribution deserves to be recognized.”