Source: AGCO Corporation

Recognizing a job well done can greatly boost employee morale. And a brand new 2010 Harley doesn't hurt either. That's what's in store for the next Operator of Year — an annual program saluting the commitment, achievements and excellence of individuals in the custom application industry.

Scott Hier, vice president of agronomy, South Dakota Wheat Growers in Aberdeen, S.D., a locally owned agronomy and grain cooperative, says the challenges of the job make it difficult to retain good custom applicators. The positive recognition through the Operator of the Year award was one of the reasons behind Hier's nomination of Tod Borge, custom applicator for South Dakota Wheat Growers, and 2009 Operator of the Year winner.

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