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Fighter to Farmer Grand Prize Winner: Chief Master Sergeant Bob Huttes

In 2016, Successful Farming launched the first Fighter to Farmer contest, sponsored by Grasshopper Mowers. The contest received more than 120 entries from farmer veterans who served in almost every war and conflict from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 

In the first round of judging, three outstanding farmer veterans were selected based on their military experience, farming operation, and community involvement. Those winners were Sergeant First Class David Baumann, Captain Michael Nocton, and Chief Master Sergeant Bob Huttes. As a thank you for their service, all three received $5,000 and a two-person trip to Opryland. 

To select a grand prize winner, the voting was opened up online to the public. Successful Farming is pleased to announce that Huttes was selected as the grand prize winner. 

“I was surprised and honored to win the contest,” says Huttes, who served in the National Guard for 34 years. “I could not believe it when I won. The other finalists were very deserving.”

Huttes was nominated for the contest by his wife, Marilyn, after the couple heard about the contest from a neighbor. “He would do anything for anybody,” says Marilyn. “He’s a hard worker, a great provider for his family, and he has an immense amount of kindness and love for everything he does.” 

In addition to the previous round of prizes, Huttes also received $10,000 to use toward the purchase of a new Grasshopper mower. He selected a Grasshopper 727T EFI and is excited to upgrade mowers this spring.

“Our old mower was nearly 10 years old and nearing its end,” he says. “The new mower is a very well-built machine. Thanks, Grasshopper!”

The Fighter to Farmer contest will be back in 2017. Look for updated information on

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