Precision Specialists Come to Rescue During Planting & Harvest Seasons

Elite specialists recognized during inaugural Precision Specialist Week for going the extra mile to keep farmers’ operations running

Lessiter Media, parent company of No-Till Farmer, celebrated the hard work of the people who keep your precision technology up and running during the first-ever Precision Specialist Week, Aug. 13-19. No-tillers, dealers and manufacturers shared stories of the specialists going above and beyond the call of duty to keep farming operations running

“Our company has a long history in recognizing those whose extra efforts are making a difference in agriculture,” says Lessiter Media President Mike Lessiter. “We felt the precision specialist’s role has long been overlooked and is vital to the success of moving every element of technology forward — on the farm, in the dealership and in the technology development itself.”

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Felipe Zavla of Vantage Northwest, an Idaho-based AGCO dealership, was among those recognized. Zavla’s storied career almost didn’t happen. He applied and interviewed several times over nearly 2 years before getting hired.

“Jack has slept overnight in the service ambulance before…”

“I’ve worked in several different industries in my life, and I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a person more dedicated to his customer, team and products than Felipe,” says James Merrill, Vantage Northwest manager. “It does not matter the time of day — Felipe takes the customer’s call. If he can’t fix the issue over the phone, and the problem can’t wait until the next day, Felipe is on the road to get them going.”

Zavla was recently promoted to a technology sales position within the dealership as a testament to his strong…

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Noah Newman

Noah Newman started at Lessiter Media in March 2022 as Associate Editor for No-Till FarmerStrip-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. He previously worked in broadcast journalism as a sports anchor/reporter for television stations in central Illinois and most recently Jackson, Mississippi, where he was named the state’s sportscaster of the year by the National Sports Media Association. The Cleveland, Ohio, native looks forward to engaging with growers, learning extensively about their operations, and sharing impactful stories with the audience.

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