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Iowan selected as Farm Manager of the Year


The FFA chapter in Nevada, Iowa, just got $1,000 richer thanks to a local farm manager earning national recognition.

Dick Pringnitz, accredited farm manager and rural appraiser with Hertz Farm Management, has been recognized as the 2016 Professional Farm Manager of the Year. Syngenta, AgProfessional magazine and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers co-sponsor the annual award honoring excellence in farm management and customer satisfaction.

Pringnitz is from Nevada, Iowa, which is why the FFA chapter there benefited.

Pringnitz manages over 14,000 acres for 63 clients across 71 properties. During his tenure at Hertz, Pringnitz has retained more than 98 percent of his clients. He attributes his success to frequent communication with clients, promotion of sustainable practices and his desire to carry his legacy to the next generation.

Syngenta has been sponsoring the Professional Farm Manager of the Year award for 28 years.

“We’re very proud to work with ASFMRA to honor the best farm managers around the country,” said Brent Rockers, Syngenta district manager. “We think that it’s very important to work with an organization that helps keep families involved in the farms that they’ve owned for generations.”

A video of Pringnitz is available on Syngenta’s website at

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