Cape Gazette

Southern States' Tony Randolph named Operator of the Year

Dec 12, 2013
Source: Submitted Tony Randolph

Antonio 'Tony' Randolph, a custom applicator for Southern States’ Northeast North Carolina Agronomy Service based in Farmville, N.C., was named 2013 AGCO Operator of the Year at the annual meeting of the Agricultural Retailers Association in Miami, Fla.

Randolph, a seven-year veteran of Southern States, was recognized for his skills in precision application of fertilizer and crop protectants, his outstanding customer service and his hometown community involvement.

AGCO manufactures the RoGator self-propelled sprayers and TerraGator self-propelled high-floatation applicators used in commercial agriculture, and has sponsored the Operator of the Year Awards since 2006.

“The Operator of the Year program is designed to recognize the vital contributions made by these dedicated professionals, on and off the field,” said Mark Sharitz, director of marketing for AGCO Application Equipment. “They not only spend long hours in the field every season, but they also are highly skilled at using the latest advances in precision application technology to help farmers maximize their crop yield.”

Chosen from among four finalists named in November, Randolph’s nomination was one of hundreds submitted from agriculture operations throughout the United States and Canada. The winner was announced at the ARA general session Dec. 4 and presented with a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

“We are extremely proud of Tony and this very prestigious award,” said Steve Patterson, Southern States vice president of corporate marketing and communications.

As president of his hometown motorcycle club, The Sho-Stoppaz, Randolph and fellow club members have organized a number of rides and events with proceeds going to various charitable causes. They also sponsor a backpack giveaway for children in the community, host bingo at local rest homes, deliver holiday turkeys to seniors on fixed incomes, and adopt underprivileged families at Christmas.

“When I come to work, every day it is a new challenge,” said Randolph. ”To be recognized for hard work is amazing. It really humbles me.”

Southern States is a Richmond, Va.-based farm supply and service cooperative founded in 1923, which now has more than 200,000 farmer-members. Go to for more information.


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