By Paul Schmitt
John Pagel of Kewaunee was honored as the 2017 Top Producer of the Year finalist at a Bayer CropScience and Case IH seminar held in Chicago recently. Pagel owns Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee County and serves as the CEO of the largest single-family-owned diary operation in the state. Pagel says the honor encompassed all aspects of agriculture.
According to the Farm Journal Media release, Pagel’s operation includes 5,300 dairy cows, 8,500 crop acres and a digester that produces enough electricity for the entire town of Kewaunee. The Top Producer of the Year contest is in its 18th year and bases the selection on entrepreneurial originality, financial and business progress, and industry and community leadership.