2017 Professional Farm Manager of the Year

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Congratulations to the 2017 Farm Management Team of the Year

Allen Hatley and Tim Cobbz
Allen Hatley and Tim Cobb

In 2011, Hatley and Cobb went into business together and created Hatley/Cobb Farmland Management. The firm specializes in farm lease-agreements, custom farming operations, grain and crop marketing, farm property appraisals, long-term farm planning and other related services. They manage over 100,000 acres of farmland and currently work with 75 clients. Their dynamic partnership allows them to mix tradition with innovation and provide a unique perspective to help their clients succeed.

Watch the video below to learn how Allen Hatley and Tim Cobb make an award winning team.

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What is this award?

Since 1986, ASFMRA, AgProfessional magazine and Syngenta have teamed up to present the Professional Farm Manager of the Year Award. This award recognizes farm managers whose dedication and commitment to agriculture have benefited their clients, the American consumer and our most precious commodity - the land.

When is the nomination period?

The nomination period was from May 1 - May 26, 2017.

When do you announce the winner?

This year's winner will be announced during the ASFMRA Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia on November 15, 2017.

What are the contest rules and regulations?

Rules and eligibility requirements may be found here.

View past winners

Explore the map below to view the past winners of ASFMRA’s Professional Farm Manager of the Year. To see some of the previous winners videos, please visit the Syngenta YouTube page.

View past winners’

The past winners of ASFMRA’s Professional Farm Manager of the Year are listed below. To see some of the previous winners videos, please visit the Syngenta YouTube page.

  • 2016 - Dick Pringnitz, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Nevada, IA
  • 2015 - Corey Prins, AFM
    Northwestern Farm Management
    Marshall, MN
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  • 2014 - Robert Regenwether, AFM
    Farmers National Co.
    Hudson, IA
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  • 2013 - Ken Schmitt, AFM
    Farmers National Co.
    Jefferson, IA
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  • 2012 - Brent Bidner, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Monticello, IL
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  • 2011 - Ed Kiefer, AFM, ARA
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Geneso, IL
  • 2010 - Mike Krause, AFM
    Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
    Omaha, NE
  • 2009 - Jeff Troendle, AFM
    Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
    Waterloo, IA
  • 2008 - Steve Myers, AFM
    Busey Ag Services
    LeRoy, IL
  • 2007 - Richard Grever, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Dekalb, IL
  • 2006 - George Baird, IV, AFM
    Land Management Group, LLC
    Collierville, TN
  • 2005 - Gary Thien, AFM, ARA; David Thien, AFM; Adam Thien, AFM
    Thien Farm Management
    Council Bluffs, IA
  • 2004 - Pat Hengen, AFM, AAC
    Farmers National Co.
    Council Bluffs, IA
  • 2003 - Bruce Ahrens, AFM
    Farmers National Co.
    Iowa City, IA
  • 2002 - Jim Rickert, AFM, ARA and Mary Rickert
    Western Agricultural Services
    Fall River Mills, CA
  • 2001 - Brian Thompson, AFM, ARA; Chad Hoke, AFM; Dave Klein, AFM; Dan Patten, AFM
    Soy Capital Ag Services
    Bloomington, IL
  • 2000 - Tim Fevold, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Nevada, IA
  • 1999 - David Englund, AFM
    Farmers National Co.
    Hastings, NE
  • 1998 - Darrell Limkeman, AFM, ARA
    Mid States Farm Mgt.
    Ottumwa, IA
  • 1997 - Stephen Brunson, II, AFM
    Land Management Group, LLC
    Collierville, TN
  • 1996 - David Moore, Nat DiBuduo, AFM; Clinton Chase, Brian Hauss, AFM; Greg Archer
    Capital Ag Property Services, Inc.
    Fresno, CA
  • 1995 - Calvin Dickson, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Mason City, IA
  • 1994 - Rex Wilcox, AFM and Terry Argotsinger
    Stalcup Ag Service
    Storm Lake, IA
  • 1993 - Kirk Weih, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Mt. Vernon, IA
  • 1992 - Royce Bryant, AFM
    Capital Ag Property Services, Inc.
    Memphis, TN
  • 1991 - Jim Rebhuhn, AFM
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Mt. Vernon, IA
  • 1990 - Joe Pennington
    American Ag Service
    North Little Rock, AR
  • 1990 - J. Collins Hewes, Jr., AFM
    Capital Ag Property Services, Inc.
    Greenville, MS
  • 1989 - Russell Hiatt, AFM
    Old National Trust Company
    Danville, IL
  • 1989 - William Holstine, AFM, ARA, AAC
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Nevada, IA
  • 1988 - Thomas Wiggins
    Busey Ag Resources
    LeRoy, IL
  • 1988 - Jim Frevert, AFM-Retired
    Hertz Farm Mgt.
    Nevada, IA
  • 1987 - Marty Thornton, AFM
    Heartland Bank & Trust Co, Ag Services
    Bloomington, IL
  • 1987 - Jack Tank
    Ag Land Management Co.
    Iowa City, IA
  • 1986 - Allan Worrell, AFM
    Worrell – Leka Land Services
    Jacksonville, IL