Know a Vegetable Grower Who’s Innovative and Stands Above the Rest?

The search is on for a top-notch operation representing the spirit of excellence and innovation in vegetable production.

Are you a vegetable grower representing the spirit of excellence in our industry? Do you know a grower operation that is innovative and stands above the rest?

If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, we want to hear learn more about this candidate for American Vegetable GrowerTM magazine’s 16th annual Grower Achievement AwardSM!

The 2016 Grower Achievement Award recipient, Bob Bender and Tasteful Selections in Arvin, CA, is a great example of the type of operation we’re looking for. Tasteful Selections has an extensive potato variety development program, is willing to search for new markets, and created a 200,000 square foot, state-of the-art processing facility — just a few of the reasons it won American Vegetable Grower’s Grower Achievement Award.

Tasteful Selections follows in the footsteps of such past winners as Pero Family Farms, Sakata Farms, Torrey Farms, and many others who have demonstrated their leadership in the industry by tackling tough issues head on as well as implementing cutting-edge technology and striving to be good stewards of the land.

So who will be this year’s winner? That is up to you.

How to Submit a Nomination

American Vegetable Growers’ Grower Achievement Award is designed to recognize innovative growers who demonstrate leadership through their involvement in industry activities. These growers strive to go above and beyond to grow quality vegetables, while supporting the industry at the same time.

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;
  • Implementation of the latest technology;
  • Industry involvement and environmental stewardship;
  • Marketing efforts;
  • Business management; and
  • Other factors you would like us to consider.

The deadline for nominations is June 2, 2017, so send in your nomination now!

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Grower Achievement Award
September 27, 2016
Tasteful Selections Is The Recipient Of American Vegetable Grower’s 2016 Grower Achievement Award
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Tasteful Selections Is The 2016 Grower Achievement Award Recipient
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Farm Management
September 9, 2013
2013 Grower Achievement Award Winner: Torrey Farms
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Know a Vegetable Grower Who’s Innovative…
Then nomination him or her for American Vegetable Grower magazine’s 2017 Grower Achievement Award. Read More
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The 2016 Grower Achievement Award Winner…
Bob Bender of Tasteful Selections, the 2016 Grower Achievement Award recipient, will continue to work on great-tasting potato varieties and offering consumers convenience. Read More
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Grower Achievement Award
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Tasteful Selections Is The Recipient Of …
The award was presented to Bob Bender of Tasteful Selections Sept. 13 at United Fresh's Washington Conference. Read More
Farm Management
September 14, 2016
Tasteful Selections Takes Home The 2016 …
The award was presented at United Fresh’s Washington Conference where discussions focused on labor, trade agreements, and the upcoming election. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
August 31, 2016
Tasteful Selections Is The 2016 Grower A…
From tuber to table, Tasteful Selections and Bob Bender focus on vertical integration from propagating potato seed to growing and packaging on a year-round basis. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
October 29, 2015
Words From The 2015 Grower Achievement A…
Peter Pero IV of Pero Family Farms, the 2015 Grower Achievement Award recipient, said his plan going forward is to promote nutrition. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
October 10, 2015
Three Questions With The Grower Achievem…
Peter Pero of Pero Family Farms says teaching kids the value of farming is a critical step moving forward. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 30, 2015
Pero Family Farms Receives The Grower Ac…
American Vegetable Grower magazine's annual award was represented at United Fresh’s Washington Conference where childhood nutrition, the drought in the West, and immigration reform were hot topics. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 1, 2015
Pero Family Farms Is The 2015 Grower Ach…
The farm family that runs this Delray Beach-FL based operation develops, produces, packages, and markets its fresh-cut products while continuing to think outside the box. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 29, 2014
Grower Achievement Award Recipient Says …
Robert Sakata of Sakata Farms, the recipient of the 2014 Grower Achievement Award, says it is up to us to propel the industry forward. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 15, 2014
View Highlights From The 2014 United Fre…
Browse this slideshow to view photos from the 2014 United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference, including pictures of this year’s Grower Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 10, 2014
Robert Sakata Of Sakata Farms Takes Home…
When accepting the award at United Fresh’s Washington Public Policy Conference, the Colorado sweet corn and onion grower recalled how his father started the farm in the late 1940s. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
September 5, 2014
2014 Grower Achievement Award Winner: Ro…
Robert Sakata of Sakata Farms says getting agriculture’s message to the masses will be critical to the future of the industry. Read More
Citrus
January 27, 2014
USDA Designates Nearly All Of California…
Growers in 57 of the state’s 58 counties are eligible for low-interest emergency loans. Read More
Grower Achievement Award
November 8, 2013
Torrey Farms Receives Grower Achievement…
The Torreys of Elba, NY, were the recipients of American Vegetable Grower’s 2013 Grower Achievement Award. Read More
Farm Management
September 9, 2013
2013 Grower Achievement Award Winner: To…
Tackling tough issues impacting ag while striving to create efficiencies on the farm are just two reasons the Torreys are the recipients of American Vegetable Grower's annual Grower Achievement Award. Read More
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2012 Grower Achievement Award Winner: St…
He is just one of those guys that get it done.” Those are the words of Bill Cox, a consulting Read More