Andrew Vrbka, a Servi-Tech agronomist earned national recognition for his achievements in crop consulting in Nebraska when he received the 2013 Consultant of the Year award from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants. He received the award at NAICC’s annual meeting in New Orleans on January 31.
The award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, innovation and community involvement by an agricultural consultant. Vrbka is a technical support agronomist for Servi-Tech. He consults on close to 16,000 acres of mostly corn and soybeans in south central Nebraska.
As part of Servi-Tech’s precision agronomy group, Vrbka is involved in variable rate fertilizer and seed applications, data management, yield analysis, and satellite imagery. He lives in Geneva and has worked for Servi-Tech for ten years.
Rick Runyan, Servi-Tech’s central Nebraska manager, said Vrbka is deserving of the award.
“Andrew has a very strong work ethic,” Runyan said. “He’s very dedicated to providing service and technology to his customers and to Servi-Tech employees.”
The NAICC is a professional society that represents the nation’s crop production and research consultants. Vrbka has been a member of the NAICC for five years and said he’s seen other seasoned Servi-Tech agronomists win the award. Other Servi-Tech award winners include Orvin Bontrager, Jeff Kugler, Clark Poppert, Dave Green, and Bryan Boroughs.
“It was a pretty big surprise,” Vrbka said.
Mitch Counce, CEO of Servi-Tech, also said Vrbka is deserving of the award.
“He has been very active and innovative in working with new technologies that are available for farmers,” Counce said.
Vrbka does crop consulting work for Brian Isernhagen of Stormy Valley Farms in south central Nebraska, including collecting soil samples, bug scouting and precision agriculture. Isernhagen said Vrbka is a reliable consultant he can count on.
“Andrew is very thorough and is very good at his job,” Isernhagen said.