Help Us Find the 2019 Apple Grower of the Year

Help Us Find the 2019 Apple Grower of the Year

Phil and Judy Schwallier

Phil and Judy Schwallier are the 2018 Apple Growers of the Year. (Photo: Arrow Images)

When American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazines’ 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 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.

For a complete list of winners from 1989-2018, see this photo gallery with all the highlights from our previous winners.

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