A Look At Apple Grower Of The Year Winners 1989-2016 [Slideshow]

 

When American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Growermagazines magazine’s Apple Grower of the YearSM  award was launched in 1989, editor Gary Acuff wrote:

“In creating the ‘Apple Grower of the Year’ recognition, American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower™ magazines saw a need to identify 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. No other national recognition exclusively geared for apple growers exists.”

John Rice was selected as the inaugural winner for serving as a spokesperson of for growers in light of the Alar crisis.

“Rice exemplifies the involved, dedicated individual American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower magazines had in mind when creating the award. He has made a difference in the industry, and sets an example that other growers can follow,” Acuff writes.

Since 1989, American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Growermagazines have honored influential apple growers such as Grady Auvil, George Lamont, Bill Zirkle, and Ralph Broetje.

American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower magazines present a look at past winners of this prestigious award.

American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Growermagazines’ Apple Grower of the YearSM

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