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Nominate your sprayer operator

It’s time once again for owners of custom application businesses to think of a reason to nominate their best employee for AGCO’s Operator of the Year Award.

The company is looking to give away a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to Canada’s best application equipment operator. If you have someone working in your business that goes above and beyond to provide excellent service to your customers, you owe it to him to throw his name into the ring.

Last year’s winner, Brett Bohachewski, sent me an email explaining how winning the award made a difference to him. Here’s what he had to say:

“It’s been an honour to be recognized as the Canadian AGCO Operator of the Year, but it’s time to recognize other outstanding individuals in the application business, so I’m looking for some help. Operator of the Year is a North American program founded by AGCO, which is aimed at acknowledging the hard work and dedication of individuals in the custom application business.  Deserving individuals must first be nominated by business managers, outlining their service in the field, years in the industry, and community involvement.

On a personal level, it was an honour just to be nominated. That was when I first realized I had gained the trust and respect of not only my colleagues but also my range of clients, which in itself is a reward.  The custom application business can sometimes be a trying occupation filled with long days, sleepless nights and stressed out producers who rely on you to protect their crops and investments. 

After being chosen as the Canadian AGCO Operator of the Year, all of my hard work and attention to detail became acknowledged and recognized.  Strangers would even stop and congratulate me after seeing my picture in the paper.  Locally I have become known as “that sprayer guy”.  The prize of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was a wonderful gift of which I will be forever grateful to AGCO, but the greatest part of all was when a producer told me that I never won the Operator of the Year title, I earned it.

To be named Operator of the Year is not only for the individual involved, it is also greatly beneficial to business overall.  The positive publicity from winning the national title has done more locally for business than any advertising campaign ever could. Newspaper and magazine articles, decals on machinery, and word-of-mouth have ensured that everyone in northeast Saskatchewan knows that the 2010 Canadian Operator of the Year belongs to Aylsham Agro.  

As a previous winner of operator of the year award I strongly urge all agri-business managers across the country to take the time to nominate their employees at  It is a simple online nomination form and may very well change the life of your employee, yourself and your business.  Even if the individual nominated does not win the award, it still means a lot from an applicator’s point of view to know that all their hard work and service is truly valued and appreciated by the people that matter the most:  Their local peers, clients, and community.

Again thank you to AGCO for creating and supporting the operator of the year award and best of luck to all 2011 nominees.


Brett Bohachewski, 2010 Canadian AGCO Operator of the Year”

For contest rules and to nominate an employee, go to AGCO’s website,


About the author


Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.



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