American Fruit Grower(r) and Western Fruit Grower(r) magazines' Apple Grower of the YearSM award, sponsored by Valent U.S.A.<http://www.valent.com/agriculture/>, 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 2015 winner, Bill Dodd<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/bill-dodd-the-2015-apple-grower-of-the-year/>, was chosen not for his operation's size, but for his creativity and resourcefulness in running his own business, and for his service to other growers and our industry. Dodd, besides running his own 30-acre wholesale and retail operation, Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst, OH<http://www.hillcrestfunfarm.com/>, serves the industry in a myriad of ways. In addition to acting as president of the Fruit Growers Marketing Association for the past decade as well as chairman of the U.S. Apple Association, there was the simple matter of destiny for the fourth-generation apple grower. "I never recall wanting to do something else," he says. "Nothing else even entered my mind." Dodd is a leader and he follows in the footsteps of such past winners as Grady Auvil<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/apple-grower-of-the-year-grady-auvil/>, John Rice<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/john-rice-apple-grower-of-the-year/>, George Lamont<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/apple-grower-of-the-year-leading-and-coping/>, Harold and JoAnn Thome<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/joann-and-harold-thome-apple-grower-of-the-year/>, Bill and Jeannette Evans<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/apple-growers-of-the-year-an-unmatched-work-ethic/>, and many others. So who will be this year's winner? That is up to you. The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2016, so send in your suggestions now<http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apple-grower-of-the-year/nominate-for-2016-apple-grower-of-the-year/?eid=322559832&bid=1305466>! Thanks/Dave David Eddy| Editor Meister Media Worldwide<http://www.meistermedia.com/> | American/Western Fruit Grower 3509 Coffee Road, Suite D-18 Modesto, CA 95355-1356 USA O: 209-573-8740 | de...@meistermedia.com<mailto:de...@meistermedia.com> GrowingProduce.com<http://www.growingproduce.com/> | @dave_wfg_avg [Description: A-WFG_logo_150x33]
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