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Feed Mill of the Year
Past Honorees


The Feed Mill of the Year appears with an asterisk (*), followed by the Runner-up or Most Improved Feed Mill of the Year.

1985
Cargill-Nutrena *
West Branch, IA
Plant manager: Ruel Wehde

GTA Feeds
Willmar, MN
Plant manager: Jim Braun

1986
Maple Leaf Farms *
Burlington, WI
Plant manager: Roman DeGrave 

Hubbard Milling
Watertown, SD
Plant manager: Martin Wenes

1987
GTA Feeds *
Sioux Falls, SD
Plant manager: Vergil Hegna

Kent Feeds
Rockford, IL
Plant manager: Herb Kniep

1988
Kent Feeds *
Altoona, IA
Plant manager: Ron Marshall 

Cargill-Nutrena
Sioux City, IA
Plant manager: Ruel Wehde

1989
GTA Feeds *
Willmar, MN
Plant manager: Jim Braun 

Cargill-Nutrena
Giddings, TX
Plant manager: Robert Grimm

1990
Kent Feeds *
Columbus, NE
Plant manager: Dennis Beck 

Supersweet Feeds
Madison, WI
Plant manager: Dave Rozendaal

1991
Cargill-Nutrena *
Giddings, TX
Plant manager: Robert Grimm 

Southern States Cooperative
Park City, KY
Plant manager: Mark Whitaker

1992
Hubbard Milling *
Watertown, SD
Plant manager: Martin Wenes 

Cargill-Nutrena
Lethbridge, AB Canada
Plant manager: John Jones

1993
Purina Mills *
Wichita, KS
Plant manager: Tom Adams 

Farmland Industries
Eagle Grove, IA
Plant manager: Steve Combellick

1994
Cargill-Nutrena *
Swanton, VT
Plant manager: Steve Osgood 

Farmland Industries
Mankato, MN
Plant manager: David Marsh

1995
Purina Mills *
Frankfort, IN
Plant manager: Larry Perkins 

Kent Feeds
Marshall, MO
Plant manager: Ron Jackson 

1996
Kent Feeds *
Estherville, IA
Plant manager: Bill Augustine 

Southern States Cooperative
Barber, NC
Plant manager: Mark Whitaker

1997
Cargill-Nutrena *
New Richland, MN
Plant manager: Ruel Wehde 

Agway
Sangerfield, NY
Plant manager: Marylou Rhodes

1998
Southern States Cooperative *
Cleveland, NC
Plant manager: Mark Whitaker 

Farmland Industries
Fremont, NE
Plant manager: Daniel Puffer

1999
Land O’Lakes *
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Plant manager: Chuck Jensen 

Kent Feeds
Sioux City, IA
Plant manager: Denny Blatchford

2000  
Continental Grain-Wayne Feeds *
Atlantic, IA
Plant manager: Dave Fairfield

Cargill-Nutrena
Mentone, IN
Plant manager: Wayne Schope 
 
2001
Cargill Animal Nutrition *
Arkona, Ontario, Canada
Plant manager: Henry Van der Wielen

Hubbard Feeds
Rapid City, SD
Plant manager: Paul J. Hanson 

2002
Westway Feed Products *
Albany, NY
Plant manager: Mark Morris 

Kent Feeds
Muscatine, IA
Plant manager: Rod Hohenadel 

2003
Kent Feeds *
Rockford, IL
Plant manager: Craig Evenson 

Hubbard Feeds
Worthington, MN
Plant manager: Loren P. Johnson

2004
Blue Seal Feeds *
Bow, NH
Plant manager: Greg Guerdet 

Cargill Animal Nutrition
Stockton, CA
Plant manager: Karl Giacomini

2005
Hubbard Feeds *
Rapid City, SD
Operations manager:  Paul Hanson 

Cargill Animal Nutrition
Montgomery, AL
Plant manager: Doug Braden

2006
Cargill Animal Nutrition *
Giddings, TX
Plant manager: Byron Sommerlatte 

ADM Alliance Nutrition
Grand Island, NE
Plant manger: Darin Sigler 

2007
Southern States Cooperative *
Park City, KY
Plant manger: Gary Huddleston

Cargill Animal Nutrition
Seguin, TX
Plant manager: Paul Yandle

2008
Cargill Animal Nutrition *
Martinsburg, Pa.
Plant manger: Charles Lickteig

Ridley Inc.
Beloit, Kan.
Plant manager: Clint Scheck and Jerry Dunno

 

2009
Southern States Cooperative *
Cleveland, NC
Plant manager: Mark Whitaker

Cargill Turkey Production
Harrisonburg, VA
Plant manager: Grant Martin

2010
Hubbard Feeds*
Bismarck, ND
Plant manager: Randy Amelsberg

Cargill Animal Nutrition
Giddings, TX
Plant manager: Byron Sommerlatte

2011
Cargill Animal Nutrition *
Wooster, OH
Plant manager: Susanna Wright

Southern States Cooperative
Winchester, KY
Plant manager: Richard Sladic

2012
Southern States Cooperative *
Vinton, VA
Plant manager: Dave Jones

Kent Nutrition Group
Rockford,IL
Plant manager: Tom Smolen

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