Created in 2021, the Producer of the Year and Custom Operator of the Year program was designed to honor men, women and families that support the agricultural industry every day through their involvement in farming, ranching and other ag-related ventures. Both awards will be given annually and will include several different forms of recognition and prizes. The ultimate prize for the winner of each category will be a new Manitou 841 telehandler for a year-long lease, compliments of Livingston Machinery Company and Manitou Group.
Nominations are open in early January and if a farmer qualifies in the categories below, they are reviewed by a committee to determine the top 3 finalist for Producer and Custom Operator of the Year. A videography team visits each finalist to showcase their operation and interview them in hopes of sharing their unique stories. After the video interviews are posted online, the contest will begin! For a period of 10 days the online contest will be open for the general public to vote for their nominee of choice by clicking the links below. Don’t forget, you can earn more points by completing additional actions (learn more on the official contest page) and you can vote everyday. The finalists with the most votes in each category at the end of the contest will win the Manitou telehandler free for one year, courtesy of Livingston Machinery and Manitou Group!
The 2022 contest completed in early May and we are proud to announce the winners; Jerrod Cowan (Producer of the Year 2022) and Kyle Beauchamp (Custom Operator of the Year 2022). Learn more about each of the finalists in both categories below.