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We proudly introduce the 2023 Operation of the Year Awards to recognize the agricultural achievements of two outstanding individuals, families, or companies with a new Manitou 841 Telehandler for a FREE one year lease! Parallel Ag will present two separate awards; one in the Southern Plains and one in the Midwest.

Designed to honor men, women and families that support the agricultural industry everyday through their involvement in farming, ranching and other ag-related ventures, to nominate for the program is easy!  The Operation of the Year nominee must qualify for at least 2 out of the 4 criteria points; innovation, productivity, legacy, or community service. Do you or someone you know deserve to be the 2023 Operation of the Year?

Finalist for the 2023 contest will be announced soon!

See below for more details and official contest form.

How to qualify for Operation of the Year 2023?

The Operation the Year nominee must qualify for at least 2 out of the 4 criteria points listed below. While contest is open to all areas, a region will be selected for a nominee by Parallel Ag that best fits, if they live outside the following states; Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas) and Midwest (Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota).

Parallel Ag welcomes all nominations and self-nominations. After nominations close on March 31, a committee will choose the top three outstanding nominees for both regional awards. Those selected will go through a video interview process (find links to example videos on this page), and ultimately the winners will be chosen through an online voting system by their peers and the agricultural community. Parallel Ag and Manitou Group are proud to present this prestigious program and look forward to honoring some of the best people in the industry with the 2023 Operation of the Year Awards.

2023 Finalists Announced & Production and Filming Begins Now!

Stay tuned for ongoing updates on the Operation of the Year Awards as this program progresses

Finalists:

LOVE HAY COMPANY | McClave, CO

PREMIUM BEEF & GRAIN | Lone Wolf, OK

DALE KITCHENS | Slaton, TX

WENDEL FARMS | Pleasant Hill, MO

KYLE & CARRIE HURLEY | Curlew, IA

RYAN SIMS | Sweet Springs, MO

Innovation

The world of agriculture is constantly evolving. Through research and technology, farmers are able to do more with less, work more efficiently, operate on lower margins, and be more successful each season. Who do you know that has applied modern to their highest advantage, or implemented creative ways to gain a competitive edge?

Productivity

Agricultural productivity is viewed relatively. Therefore, it isn’t necessary to work hundreds of acres or have dozens of employees, because the size of a farm or operation isn’t a direct indicator of high productivity. Instead, we measure by the amount of crops produced compared to the amount of time, effort and money put into growing the crops. The candidates we seek will produce the best quality and quantity from the opportunities before them. Do you know someone who has been a leader in agricultural productivity?

Legacy

Our society cannot survive without agriculture, yet it’s increasingly difficult to transition a family farm, sizable ranch or even larger ag-based endeavor to the next generation. Candidates for these awards may have significant family involvement or chosen successors to help carry on the important task of feeding the world. Does someone come to mind when you think of a farmer preparing for the future of agriculture?

Community Service

Farming has never been for the faint of heart, and those who earn a living in this industry understand hard times better than most. By nature, the life of a farmer has always been about helping others. It’s about our friends, our neighbors and our communities. From donating time, money, services, crops, equipment or more, we often hear of farmers who are helping others more than what they can do for themselves. Who do you picture when think of someone who serves their community with the same dedication that they have for working in agriculture.

View the full length video interview from our 2022 award winner, Jerrod Cowan:

View the full length video interview from our 2022 award winner, Kyle Beauchamp:

Contest Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines:

  • Nominations open March 1-31
  • Operation of the Year will award two separate Manitou Telehandlers in 2023, one to a recipient in the Southern Plains region and one in the Midwest region.
  • Contest is open to all areas within the United States. However, a region will be selected for a nominee by Parallel Ag that best fits, if they live outside the following states; Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas) and Midwest (Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota).
  • Parallel Ag welcomes all forms of nominations: that of others and self-nominations.
  • After nominations close on March 31, a committee will choose the top three outstanding nominees for both regional awards.
  • Those selected will go through a video interview process, and ultimately the winners will be chosen through an online voting system by their peers and the agricultural community.
  • You do not need to be a current or previous Parallel Ag customer to enter

For questions regarding the contest, please contact marketing@parallelag.com

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