Mo Tougas elected IFTA president
Mo Tougas of Massachusetts is the new president of the International Fruit Tree Association.
Maurice “Mo” Tougas of Northborough, Massachusetts, was appointed president of the International Fruit Tree Association to succeed Larry Lutz of Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tougas has a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in education. Before farming full time, he worked as an extension agent for the University of Massachusetts in Worcester County for three years. His son André joined the family farm after graduating from Cornell University. They have more than 20 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, cherries, plums, berries, and pumpkins, and sell all of their fruit at the farm.
Tougas was elected for a further three-year-term on the IFTA board, along with Rod Farrow of Waterport, New York; Tim Welsh from Wenatchee, Washington; and Mauricio Frias from Curicó, Chile.