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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2006 Contact: Marcia Taylor, Editor Voice (215) 557-8962 - Fax (215) 568-3989 E-Mail: mtaylor@farmjournal.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA - January 23, 2006 - Three of America's most outstanding farm leaders have been recognized for careers that demonstrate entrepreneurship and excellence in management.

TOP PRODUCER, the business magazine of agriculture, honored Chad Olsen, 37, a farmer and custom harvester from Hendricks, Minn., as the national winner of its annual Top Producer of the Year Awards at a banquet in Chicago on January 19th. National finalists also include Rick Rosentreter, 37, of Carlinville, Ill., and Dean Walker, 32, of Orofino, Idaho.

The awards are meant to highlight individuals or multi-operator farms that excel at the business of farming, including marketing, finance, employee relations, production and environmental stewardship. Challenger sponsors the program and awards the overall winner a 200-hour lease of a Challenger tractor. AGCO Application Equipment co-sponsors the program.

"Agriculture is a capital-intensive business whose demands and risks can discourage many new entrants," says Marcia Taylor, TOP PRODUCER editor. "Many young farm operators experience serious accidents, crop failures and high cash rent that could stifle their careers. Instead of giving up, however, these operators demonstrated the personal motivation and business strategies that allowed them to overcome agriculture's challenges."