2012 Professional Farm Manager of the Year: Brent Bidner
Bidner communicates often with farm operators, such as Tom Ritter, right, who farms Kenway Farm ground. Paul Gorden explained, “We just don’t have to worry about the farm with Brent as our farm manager. Transitioning between generations can be a deep concern, but it takes a big burden off your shoulders to know that your farm manager will do a good job for you.”
Since becoming a shareholder, meeting with Bidner and beginning to receive the management reports, Ben Gorden, Ken’s grandson, has said, “I feel more directly connected to the farm and agriculture than I ever thought I would be, growing up.”
Bidner is so connected to the operation at Kenway Farm he was even asked to attend Ken Gorden’s 90th birthday party last December. He was invited to the special family event as a trusted advisor to update the entire family on the condition of the farm and future plans.
It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication over the years for Bidner to earn this level of confidence from the people in his life. He is a firm believer that successful farm management goes far beyond seed and input selections and making the right equipment upgrade decisions, it’s a people business.
“When he is with you at your farm, you’d think that’s the only farm he has to manage. You are top of mind when he’s working with you,” said Paul Gorden. “Next to the land that we own for our farm operation, I think our next most valuable asset is Brent.”
Lisa Bidner described her husband’s dedication to his clients, “Brent is very successful as a farm manager because of how much he cares and how much he really tries to work for his clients. I think what makes a person successful is truly caring about people and not just trying to gain personal success.”
Bidner was presented with the 2012 Professional Farm Manager of the Year award at the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) 83rd annual convention and tradeshow, held Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Indianapolis, Ind.
To honor Bidner for this achievement, Syngenta made a $1,000 donation in his name to the 4H Memorial Camp in Monticello.
“I would like to thank Syngenta, AgProfessional Magazine and American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for honoring me with this award,” said Bidner.
To watch the video featuring Brent Bidner, visit www.youtube.com/syngentaagus.