Windsor's Terry Weber wins state's top agri-service award
After 18 years of farming in the Windsor area, in 2000 Terry Weber decided to venture out into a different occupation. He began the search for something else to do. With agriculture flowing through his veins, he didn't want to move too far from what he knew and loved the most. His search took two years, but in 2002 he hired on with Agland in Eaton to be an applicator. He didn't mesh words at the time and made it very clear that he would take the applicator position, but his true desire was to get into sales.
Weber worked well in co-op's agronomy division, providing great customer service in the field and he even attained his commercial applicator license. And in January 2005, when Agland finally had a sales position open up, Weber applied for and was hired to move into what he considered his dream job. He has excelled in the sales field and, for having done so, was named the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Service Award winner for 2009.
This award is designed to recognize Colorado Young Farmer members who are doing exceptional work in agriculture even though they do not have ownership in an ag-production and agri-business operation.
Weber, 44, is a member of the Thompson Valley Young Farmer Chapter.
"There was a big learning curve for me from the start," admits Weber, referring to the transition he made into the sales area. "I had prior experience in sales, but the chemical and fertilizer recommendation end of things was new to me." He took on the learning challenge and very quickly was up to speed regarding soil sampling, fertilizer recommendations, preparing budgets, coordinating product application, crop scouting and consulting, scheduling deliveries and running field trials and test plots. "I did all of this with the help and cooperation of my manager, fellow sales representatives, and applicator staff in our division," Weber says, making sure to recognize those who have helped him succeed. He currently has a customer base of approximately 170 producers ranging in size and scope covering four different counties in Colorado. He has been the top sales representative at Agland in Eaton for the past three years and he surpassed $2 million in sales during the 2007-2008 year.
Weber, who so far has accomplished all of his success without any formal collegiate training, knows he always has more to learn and he works at it by regularly attending classes and seminars. Ultimately, he says his biggest goal is to help his customers have the best crop with the lowest input cost.
As a member of the CYF for the past 16 years, Weber was originally a member of the Fort Collins Chapter, moving to the Thompson Valley Chapter in 2001. He is active at not only the chapter level, but also at the state level. He has attended several national institutes and served in some key areas when Colorado hosted the national Institute in 1990 and again in 2005. At the local level, he served as the treasurer for his chapter and is the current president. He most recently coordinated a monthly education meeting that allowed everyone in the chapter who needed to renew their EPA private applicators license to do so.
In the fall of 2006, the Thompson Valley Young Farmers began working with the Windsor FFA, Agland, Inc. and Croplan Genetics to open a Land Lab. This small research farm provides employment for six students during the growing season. Most of the items necessary--land, seed, fertilizer, equipment and water--are obtained free or at a reduced rate. After selling the crop and paying for any costs, the proceeds are split two ways between the Young Farmers and the FFA Chapter. This has proved to be a very educational and profitable fund raiser for both parties.
Weber is a founding member of the Windsor FFA Advisory Committee, an honorary chapter member and also serves as a trustee for the Colorado FFA Foundation. He's a member of the Weld County Farm Bureau and the Weld County Extension Task Force, as well as the Agland Co-op. He's even a track official for the National Sled Pullers Association.
"The one organization I am the proudest of being associated with is the Colorado Farm Show," Weber admits. "I became involved with this organization in 1983 as a committee member. I chaired the show in 1994 and 1995 and I am presently the advisor/executive committee chairman and I am going into my 27th year of service."
Terry and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Carissa and Tori.
The 2009 Outstanding Agri-Service Award winner is Terry Weber of Windsor. Don Wright (left), representing Northern Feed and Bean, presents the award to Terry Weber (right) and his wife, Carol (center.) (Courtesy Photo.)