Awards & Accolades

Marion Calmer's Personal Awards/Accomplishments

  • Named one of agriculture's 25 most influential people
  • Voted as one of the 40-No-Till legends
  • Builder of the world’s largest corn heads (32-row, 15-inch corn head was world’s first! 30-row, 12-inch corn head was world’s first!)
  • Owner of more than a dozen U.S. patents
  • Invented corn head technology that has been recognized as No-Till Products of the Year 5 Times
  • Recipient of the "Public Image of Agriculture" award out of 200,000 farmers in the United States (1996)
  • Served on the 2014 Farm Bill Advisory Board
  • Winner of the 2014 Farm Industry News FinOvation Award for the top attraction at the 2013 Farm Progress Show.
  • Speaker at agricultural farmer meetings for Monsanto, DuPont, Pioneer, John Deere, Case, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, Purdue University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, Penn State University and University of Missouri
  • Commencement speaker at Blackhawk College East Campus in 1998
  • Recipient of several outstanding presentation awards at the National No-Till Conference
  • Awarded various state and national soil conservation awards
  • Recipient of the DuPont Young Leader Award
  • In Paul Harvey's December 1995 closing statement from his noon broadcast about Marion Calmer's revolutionary invention: "In my humble opinion, Marion Calmer's technology has changed the way corn will be grown worldwide for the rest of time. Good day."
  • Outstanding Agri-Business Club Alumni Award from Black Hawk College

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"My biggest success thus far has come from testing and production of the [Super] Calmer BT Chopper, with the leading Crusher edges. It's ability to simultaneously cut and shear the stalk without loosing grasp and control of the plant is amazing!"

- Marion Calmer, Alpha, IL