[Job story] AGCO Names Mose Middleton 2019 Operator of the Year

Operator of the Year celebrates the work and personal achievements of professional applicators

AGCO Corporation has named Mose Middleton of Nutrien Ag Solutions in Rochester, Indiana, the 2019 Operator of the Year. The award recognizes professional operators for their hard work and commitment to their customers and their local communities.
Middleton, a professional applicator for more than 30 years, applies on 33,000 acres per year. He credits the people he meets as one of the best parts of the job. He said: “I like to stop and talk to the farmers when I am applying,” 

“The farmers I meet are good people and just like me. I want them to succeed, which helps me be successful as well. I love to see that what I’ve done makes a difference at the end of day. I enjoy my job and meeting all the people is the most rewarding thing about it.”

He believes if you do your job to the best of your ability and are honest with people, the rest takes care of itself. Curt Kline, Nutrien sales manager and who nominated Mose, added:

“Mose is a great example for our new applicators. He is the first one to arrive and the last one to leave during the busy season. This sets the expectation for our younger applicators, many of whom Mose has trained.”

Middleton has explained:

“I have children and grandchildren, so being responsible with products is important to me. Looking to the future, I would want someone to be precise when they apply, so I make sure I am precise. Today’s equipment makes that much easier than in the past.”

Middleton was presented with his title and grand prize, a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, December 4 during the 2019 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.
David Webster, director of Application Marketing North America, AGCO, said:


“As in previous years, the candidate field for this year’s award was outstanding. With 80 nominations, including several from Canada, narrowing the field to three finalists was a tough yet rewarding job. After meeting Mose, we knew we had found a great applicator and advocate for our industry. We hope he enjoys his new Harley Davidson, and we look forward to working with him in the coming year to share his insights and knowledge with others.”

Professional applicators spend long hours in the field every year. Technically advanced application equipment, such as the RoGator or TerraGator, ensures efficient and precision application of crop protection products on millions of farm acres, helping farms achieve their maximum yield.

Source: AgCo Corporation