October 2013
Co-op Matters

Co-op Managers Recognized for Superior Performance

Pacesetter Awards are given every year at the annual Co-op Manager’s Meeting. Awards are presented for total dollar purchases, for total percentage increase and some presentations were based on other information collected during AFC’s fiscal year 2012-2013.

 
The AgriSolution awards were presented to Bae Lamastus, Jay Peanut Farmers Co-op, for Extra Mile Award; by Val Ivey, manager of Proprietary Products; and Jamie Vann, Madison County Co-op, for Million Dollar Club. Not pictured is a representative from Marshall Farmers Co-op for Extra Mile Award.   The Animal Health Sales awards were presented by John Sims, AFC Sales Rep to Colin Morris, manager of Goshen Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase; Steve Lann, general manager of Marion County Co-op; David Tierce, manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op (Crossville) and Bud Murdock, manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op (Rainsville).
     
 
The BioLogic awards recipient was Lloyd Nelms, manager of Jackson Farmers Co-op (Stevenson) for Largest Percent Increase, presented by Austin Delano. Not pictured are representatives from Pike Farmers Co-op and Elmore Farmers Co-op.   Bonnie Plants awards were presented by Stan Cope to Jay Jones, manager of Headland Peanut Warehouse, for Largest Percent Increase, and Bill Jones, general manager of Talladega County Exchange. Not pictured is a representative from Morgan Farmers Co-op.
     
 
The Crop Nutrient Sales awards were presented to Keith Griffin, general manager of Madison County Co-op; Barry Long, Farmers Co-op Live Oak/Madison; and Jay Jones, manager of Headland Peanut Warehouse, presented by Chris Carter, AFC’s Crop Nutrient Department.   The Crop Protection Products Sales awards were presented by Johnny LeCroix, Products Director of Crop Protection Products, and to Brit Christopher, Limestone Farmers Co-op and Ronnie Neely, general manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op.
     
   
Pat Chesnut (center), vice president of Co-op Financial Services, present the Largest Dollar Increase John Deere Credit award to Keith Griffin, general manager Madison County Co-op, and the Largest Dollar Volume John Deere Credit award to Earl Curl, general manager of Farmers Cooperative Inc., Madison, FL.   The Feed awards were presented by David Riggs, AFC manager of Feed, to Wayne Gillam, general manager of Tuscaloosa Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase, Steve Lann, general manager of Marion County Co-op, and Bill Jones, general manager of Talladega County Exchange, for Sales.
     
 
The Feed Ingredient Sales award were presented by Phil James, AFC director of Feed Ingredients, to Lamar Stone, general manager of Altha Farmers Co-op, for Sales; Bud Murdock, manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase; and to Tim Wood, general manager of Central Alabama Farmers Co-op, for Sales.   The Hardware Sales awards presented by Jerry Ogg, AFC director of Hardware, to Jay Jones, manager of Headland Peanut Warehouse, for Largest Percent Increase and David Tierce, manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op, for Sales. Not pictured is a representative from Randolph Farmers Co-op.
     
 
The Lawn and Garden Sales awards presented by Susan Parker, director of Lawn and Garden; to Colin Morris, manager of Goshen Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase; Steve Lann, general manager of Marion County Co-op, and Robbie Neal, Lauderdale County Co-op, for Sales.   The Professional Products awards were presented by Drew Rochelle, Agri-AFC, to Larry Murphy, manager of Lauderdale County Co-op, for Sales;  by Steve Sanderson, sales manager of Professional Products, and Ronny Neely, general manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase. Not pictured is a representative from Blount County Farmers Co-op for Sales.
     
 
The Seed Sales awards were presented to Rance Welborn, Lauderdale County Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase; Celena Cole Lann, manager Limestone Farmers Co-op, and and to Ricky Aldridge, manager of Walker Farmers Co-op, for Sales by Grady Congo, Agri-AFC seed manager.   The Tires, Batteries and Accessories Sales awards were presented by Jerry Ogg, director of Hardware, to Todd Smith, manager of Hartford Farmers Co-op, for Largest Percent Increase; Steve Lann, general manager of Marion County Co-op, and Brandon Walls, manager of Madison County Co-op.
     
 
Jimmy Zorn, manager of West Geneva Co-op, was the recipient of the special Turn Around Award presented by James Fudge, vice president of Management Services.   The Excellence in Safety & Risk Management Awards were presented by Marie Cook (front row left), AFC’s Safety Director, to Todd Smith, manager of Hartford Farmers Co-op; Steve Lann, general manager of Marion County Co-op; Celena Cole Lann, manager Limestone Farmers Co-op; Chris Casey, Jay Peanut Farmers Co-op; Jessica Steward, Winston Farmers Co-op; Ricky Aldridge, manager of Walker Farmers Co-op; Lloyd Nelms, manager of Jackson Farmers Co-op; and Jimmy Zorn, manager of West Geneva Co-op.