Professional farm applicator, Glen Slabaugh, has been named one of four finalists for the 2012 Operator of the Year award. Conducted by AGCO Application Equipment, this program recognizes the top professional applicators in North America and the dedication they demonstrate both on and off the field.
Each growing season, these professionals spend long hours in the field, driving sophisticated equipment to apply the fertilizers and crop protection products vital to the agricultural industry. Slabaugh, who works for Clunette Elevator Co. in Leesburg, Ind., and the other finalists have been invited to attend the 2012 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Nov. 27-29 in San Diego as honorary guests of AGCO. During the conference, one of these professionals will be named the 2012 Operator of the Year and awarded a new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
Slabaugh achieved a milestone this fall by surpassing one million acres applied during his 37-year career. He was nominated by Jared Haughee, Clunette Elevator Company certified crop adviser, who said: “With his positive attitude and willingness to take on any job, Glen has earned a high level of respect from customers and our other applicators.”
Slabaugh said he was honored by the recognition. “It’s a pretty big industry with a lot of good people, so I feel really good about it,” he said. “I’m glad to see this program recognize the applicators who are out there doing this work.”
Besides demonstrating their commitment in the field, nominees for Operator of the Year are judged on their community involvement. Slabaugh has been head deacon of his church for nearly 10 years, served as a Sunday school teacher and also visits nursing home patients to help lift their spirits.
“Over the past seven years, we’ve received hundreds of remarkable nominations,” said Mark Sharitz, AGCO Application Equipment director of marketing. “This year’s competition is no different. The impressive pool of nominees made it especially challenging to narrow down the field, but we’re proud to have Glen Slabaugh as one of this year’s finalists. All four exemplify the hard work, dedication, leadership and outstanding customer service this award recognizes.”
The other three finalists are Carl Petersen of Crop Production Services in Pipestone, Minn.; Paul “Rocky” Lang of CHS, Inc., in Royal City, Wash.; and Paul Folden of Garrison Farmers Union Elevator in Garrison, N.D.
Now in its seventh year, Operator of the Year is open to U.S. and Canadian custom applicators who are nominated by their agricultural retailers. A panel of judges evaluates each nominee on commitment to the profession, performance in the field and community involvement. All nominees will receive a certificate from AGCO recognizing their nomination for this prestigious award. For more information, visit www.applylikeapro.com.