Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
Supply · Service · Stewardship

Summary of the Program

In the state of Illinois, custom applicators spend endless hours in the field every year applying fertilizer and chemicals on thousands of acres.  IFCA has implemented an award to honor and recognize these individuals who work hard in and out of the fields and put forth a positive attitude in caring not only for the crops but also the customers.  IFCA feels there are many outstanding custom applicators who deserve a “thank you” from all of those involved in the agriculture industry. 
There is no limit to the number of nominations a nominator can submit but each one must be a different custom applicator.  We will not accept nominations from those that nominate themselves.  Nominators must be from a company that is a member of IFCA.  Candidates must be an ag retail operator that has a primary job of operating application equipment.

The nominator will need to answer four questions about the custom applicator.  This will help our nominating committee narrow the applications down to the top four finalists.  .
The four finalists will attend the MAGIE show in August in Bloomington, IL where the overall winner will be announced. 

Please help make this program a huge success and submit your forms.

The winner will be announced August 21 at MAGIE during the tailgate party!


This Years Finalists

Paul Babler

Paul Babler

Company: Pearl City Elevator (Dakota)

Hometown: Rock City, IL

Annual Acres: 24,000

Years of Service: 19 (with PCE)

Favorite Machine: 2020 Hagie STS14

Doug Berbaum

Doug Berbaum

Company: United Prairie, LLC (White Heath)

Hometown: Monticello

Annual Acres: 20,000

Years of Service: 18

Favorite Machine: Case IH Quadtrac 580

Marty Corbin

Marty Corbin

Company: Carroll Service Company (Lanark West)

Hometown: Oregon, IL

Annual Acres: 30,000

Years of Service: 30

Favorite Machine: Hagie

Mike Mriscin

Mike Mriscin

Company: M & M Service Co (Marine)

Hometown: Alhambra, IL

Annual Acres: 26,000

Years of Service: 32

Favorite Machine: John Deere 612R

Past Winners & Nominees

Year Winner Affiliation Nominees
2023 Jamie Pennock Logan Agri-Service Alex Tarr, Jake Conrad, and Travis Tedlock
2022 John Ehler Ehler Brothers Fertilizer Scott Giles, Terry O'Brien, Tyler Wells