Apple Grower of the Year Stories

Apple Grower of the Year
July 21, 2011
2011 Apple Grower Of The Year Finalists
Competition for this year’s Apple Grower of the Year Award was fierce, and although Mo Tougas took top honors, the Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
July 18, 2011
Learning Is A Continual Process For Apple Grower Of The Year, Mo Tougas
Mo Tougasm the 2011 Apple Grower Of The Year, credits his lifelong passion for fruit growing for helping him continue to learn and pass his knowledge on to others. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2010
2010 Apple Grower Of The Year Finalists
Along with naming Mike Taylor as the 2010 Apple Grower of the Year, American and Western Fruit Grower has named Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2010
Mike Taylor: Apple Grower Of The Year
If you ever wanted an education on why the state of Washington is one of the world’s most prominent apple producing Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2010
Mike Taylor: A Deserving Apple Grower Of The Year
In preparing for this month’s cover story on our Apple Grower of the Year, Mike Taylor, I had the opportunity to Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
February 5, 2010
2005 Apple Grower Of The Year Winner: Gary Mount
Joining Gary Mount in accepting the Apple Grower of the Year award were John Miller of Cerexagri, Pam Mount, and Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
February 5, 2010
2006 Apple Grower Of The Year Winner: Dan Boyer
American and Western Fruit Grower magazine recently named Dan Boyer of Ridgetop Orchards in Fishertown, PA, as its 2006 Apple Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 24, 2009
Washington’s Bill Zirkle Honored As 2009 Apple Grower Of The Year
Grower Bill Zirkle of Zirkle Fruit Co. in Selah, Washington was honored with the 2009 Apple Grower of the Year Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2009
2009 Apple Grower Of The Year Finalists
For the second year in a row, American and Western Fruit Grower has named four additional finalists for its Apple Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2009
Bill Zirkle Is Apple Grower Of The Year
When you’re an apple grower in Eastern Washington, it might seem hard to stand out. After all, you’re in the Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2008
Apple Growers Of The Year: A Legacy Built By Family
The father-son team of Evan and Nathan Milburn have worked side by side in building a successful retail farming operation. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
April 1, 2008
Apple Growers Of The Year Reflect On The State Of The Industry
Doyle Fleming, Mitch Lynd, Chuck Peters, and Roscoe Crist talk about innovations made to their orchard. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
March 1, 2008
Apple Grower of the Year: The Best Of The Best
John Rice (1989) American Fruit Grower’s first Apple Grower of the Year, John Rice, is co-owner of Rice Fruit Company in Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
September 1, 2007
Evan and Nathan Milburn Named 2008 Apple Grower of the Year
Growers Evan and Nathan Milburn of Milburn Orchards in Elkton, Maryland were honored with the 2008 Apple Grower of the Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2007
Jeff Crist: 2007 Apple Grower Of The Year
You might know Jeff Crist from his many trips to Washington, DC, representing the U.S. Apple Association on critical issues Read More
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Apple Grower of the Year
August 28, 2017
U.S. Apple Crop Forecast Down 8%
USApple predicts 2017 crop to be lower mostly because of smaller Michigan, Washington crops. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 22, 2017
U.S. Apple Association Hosts Annual Appl…
American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazine’s 2017 Apple Grower of the Year will be officially presented on Thursday, Aug. 24, during the first day of the conference. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 5, 2017
A Look At Apple Grower Of The Year Winne…
Since 1989, American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower magazines have honored influential apple growers such as Grady Auvil, George Lamont, Bill Zirkle, and Ralph Broetje. American and Western Fruit Grower presents a look at the winners of this prestigious award. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 4, 2017
Road Trip Provides Hands-On Educational …
A visit to orchards in Upstate New York became a learning experience when my mom came along for the ride. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 2, 2017
Seeing the World’s Best Orchards F…
Both American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazines’ Apple Grower of the YearSM  Rod Farrow, and the man from whom he bought Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 2, 2017
To Succeed in Growing, First, You Must C…
The second step is to educate your employees, leading to the crucial last piece necessary for enduring success: buy-in. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 2, 2017
Meet the 2017 Apple Grower of the Year
The 2017 Apple Grower of the Year, Rod Farrow, has a unique perspective, as he’s been on both ends of succession, yet neither from his parents nor to his children. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
December 12, 2016
Apple Industry Statesman Fred Valentine …
The 2002 Apple Grower of the Year was known for his encyclopedic horticultural knowledge. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
December 6, 2016
2014 Apple Grower Of The Year Bill Evans…
Legendary apple grower Bill Evans, who along with his wife, Jeannette, farmed more apple acreage than any grower in the Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
September 19, 2016
2016 USApple Conference: Promising Crop,…
Wenatchee, WA grower honored; only blemish on apple crop is the drought that shrank the harvest in the Northeast. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 27, 2016
Rock Steady U.S. Apple Crop Forecast
USApple predicts 2016 output will be just slightly higher than in 2015. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 22, 2016
Apple Crop Forecasts Live On Twitter
You'll be able to get up-to-the-minute reports of not only the various regions of the U.S., but key production regions around the world. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2016
Future Moves Fast In Apple Production [O…
The Washington apple industry’s rapid change is evident during my many trips to the state in the past 20 years. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 1, 2016
A Thoroughly Modern Farmer Takes Apple G…
The 2016 winner, Scott McDougall, largely stopped planting the tried and true, going mostly with exclusive and club varieties – and it paid off. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
October 2, 2015
2015 Apple Crop Forecast: Sunny
Crop is down from last year's record; new varieties drive consumption. Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
September 11, 2015
Plenty Of Highlights From 2015 Apple Gro…
Bill Dodd, owner of Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst, OH, was honored as American Fruit Grower® magazine’s 2015 Apple Grower of Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 3, 2015
Bill Dodd Is An Apple Grower For Our Fut…
The judging for the Apple Grower Of The Year award is an interesting process that takes us through new twists Read More
Apple Grower of the Year
August 3, 2015
Bill Dodd, The 2015 Apple Grower Of The …
  Informed of his selection as the 2015 Apple Grower Of The Year by American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower™ Read More