2020 Professional Farm Manager of the Year

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Congratulations to the 2020 Professional Farm Manager of the Year

Mark Callender, 2020 Farm Management of the Year Winner.

Mark Callender - Farmers National Company

After being born and raised on a farm, starting a career in agriculture was an easy decision for Mark Callender. Farm management provided Callender with the opportunity to combine a passion for agriculture with the reward of building relationships with others in the industry. Callender has been named them 2020 Farm Manager of the Year, after standing out with his ability to bring innovative ideas to the farms he manages.

Watch the video below to learn about Mark’s award-winning success story.

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An award with history

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.

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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.

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.

  • 2020 - Mark Callender, AFM
    Farmers National Company
    Dighton, Kansas
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  • 2019 - Lawain Biermann, AFM
    Hertz Farm Management
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
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  • 2018 – Richard “Dick” Isaacson, AFM
    Agri-Management Services
    Marion, Iowa
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  • 2017 - Allen Hatley, AFM; Tim Cobb AFM, MBA, Broker
    Hatley/Cobb Farmland Management
    Spokane, WA
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  • 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