American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazines’ Apple Grower of the YearSM award, sponsored by Valent U.S.A., honors apple growers who have gone beyond the confines of the orchard and have, through their involvement and leadership, made a real impact on the apple industry.
Our 2016 winner, Scott McDougall, was chosen for his foresight and boldness in planting new varieties, as well as hosting numerous trials to boost the knowledge level for all growers in the apple industry.
McDougall is a fourth-generation apple grower. He is the latest in a long line of Washington growers, who produce about three-quarters of the nation’s apples, to be named Apple Grower of the Year.
The Apple Grower of the YearSM award is designed to recognize growers who are skilled, progressive horticulturists and who demonstrate leadership through their involvement in industry activities. These growers go to great lengths to provide the highest-quality fruit possible, while supporting the industry on a broader scale.
It’s easy to submit a nomination; simply fill out the form below! Please be as thorough as possible in explaining the reasons for your nomination, including information on the nominee’s achievements and contributions in:
Innovative production practices
- Business management
- Industry activity, and
- Other factors you’d like us to consider
The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2017, so send in your suggestions now!