Agtegra Cooperative’s Garret Foos named Applicator of the Year by the South Dakota Agri-Business Association

Apr 26, 2022


Aberdeen, S.D. - The South Dakota Agri-Business Association has named Agtegra Cooperative’s Garret Foos as the 2022 Applicator of the Year. Foos was recognized on Jan. 19 at the South Dakota Ag Expo held in Sioux Falls. 

This award recognizes Foos’ technical skillset, customer service and community involvement.  

“I was shocked to receive an award,” says Foos. “I thought I was just doing the job I was supposed to do for my customers." 

Born and raised near Woonsocket, South Dakota, Foos joined the local cooperative in 2010 and has been a certified applicator since 2011. Covering approximately 62,000 acres annually, Foos is a natural leader and models exceptional equipment care. He also works on the Agtegra Applicator Training Team where he educates others on different topics regarding monitors, machines and calibration techniques.  

“Garret is an ideal employee,” says Kaleb Bowman, Agtegra Director of Agronomy Operations. “He takes great pride in his work by treating both the equipment and the land like they are his own. This is why Agtegra trusts him to be strongly involved with leading and training other applicators within our organization.” 

Technology continues to drive change for applicators like Foos. To navigate these changes, Foos works closely with both internal and external ag technology resources.  

“I don’t think the award could have gone to a more deserving applicator,” says Neal Hiemstra, Agtegra Agronomy Logistics Manager. “Not only does Garret go above and beyond, but he is also always willing to test and validate any new technology that we think could be a good fit for Agtegra’s future. We are lucky to have an applicator that is future-focused and understands what our business needs so well.” 

Along with the award, the South Dakota Agri-Business Association presented Foos with a plaque, jacket and $250.

Read More News

Feb 06, 2024
Agtegra Cooperative is excited to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company (“Aurora Cooperative”), a Nebraska cooperative, to acquire its two South Dakota agronomy locations at Mitchell and Tyndall. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the month.
Jan 25, 2024
Kim Vanneman and her husband, Clint, are co-owners of Vanneman Farms, which is located near Ideal, South Dakota. Their son, Justin, and daughter-in-law, Tasha, joined the operation in 2015. Together, they raise corn, soybeans, milo, winter wheat, oats, alfalfa and grass hay. They also have a commercial beef cattle herd and a small feedlot.
Jan 22, 2024
Agtegra strives to make a meaningful impact in our communities by partnering with organizations whose missions focus on food security, agriculture education and health and safety. Founded in 2011, GroundWorks Connect brings agriculture and education together through three programs: South Dakota Ag in the Classroom, Teaching Gardens and YES! (Youth Eating Smart) Camps.