North Carolinian Wins Applicator of the Year Award

tonyJust a week or so ago we heard from Farmville, North Carolina’s Tony Randolph…one of four finalists for the Application Equipment Operator of the Year Award. Mark Sharitz, director of marketing for AGCO, managing application equipment and the seeding and tillage business for AGCO:

“This year Tony was one of the four finalists and ultimately we selected Tony to be our Operator of the Year. The thing that really stood out about him is his dedication and his professionalism and what he gives back to his community.”

Sharitz outlines some of the things that helped Randolph win the award:

“Most of the nominees for this award say similar things; ‘they are my go to guy, they are first in last out, they are the one growers ask for by name.’ Tony had all of those attributes and he operates out of Farmville NC and gets his spray rig in NC, SC, sometimes up in VA and even as far away as MD. He applies whatever is necessary to those crops, whether it is wheat, beans, corn, peanuts, cotton or tobacco. He really prides himself in being a professional.”

And in the eight years of the award, Randolph is the first from the southeast to win explains Sharitz:

“He is the first winner that is this far east and representing the kind of farming practices that you see along the east coast. We are very excited to have a gentleman of Tony’s stature and ability to be recognized.”

Our Congratulations to Tony!


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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