John Pagel of Pagel’s Ponderosa was one of three finalists for the 2017 Top Producer of the Year Award presented by Top Producer magazine at a Jan. 25 banquet in Chicago.

The award was presented to Chalmers and Lori Anne Carr of Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, S.C. The other finalists were brothers Richard and Roderick Gumz of Gumz Farms, a row crop and vegetable operation in Endeavor.

The magazine notes that Pagel “serves as CEO of Wisconsin’s largest single-family-owned dairy operation; farms several thousand acres; owns three cheese manufacturing facilities; and, as of August 2015, is a restaurateur in Green Bay, where he owns a farm-to-fork restaurant and food market.”

Sponsored by Bayer and Case IH, the annual award given by Top Producer magazine “recognizes producers whose excellence in business can teach industry peers about value-added ventures, succession plans, overcoming adversity and more.”

Here’s a link to the magazine’s profile of Pagel.