Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada
age / 37
crops / More than 130 acres of apples
business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.
education / Mount Royal University, Calgary
other experience / Learning from father and brother-in-law about the
Four couples from Mexico were honored by the Center for Latino Farmers in Yakima
The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania named Reed Soergel its Outstanding Fruit Grower of 2013.
Sixteen Soergel family members are involved in growing and marketing fruits, vegetables, value-added products, including Amish furniture, apple cider and apple
Maryland fruit grower Robert Black received the Harry Black Distinguished Service Award from the state’s horticultural association for his performance as industry spokesperson after the brown marmorated stinkbug invasion in 2010.
The award, interestingly, is named
The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized Rick Hamman for his viticultural skills and presented him with its Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year Award. Hamman has assisted Washington grape growers since 1999 when he left Colorado State University as extension viticulturist to join Hogue Cellars in Prosser.
Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, has won the Michigan Pomesters’ Fruit Person of the Year Award.
Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers has announced the promotion of Danny Weeden, ten-year company veteran, to the role of executive vice president, general manager, and chief financial officer.
Weeden, who was the cooperative’s vice president and
Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award
1 “Our biggest fear was jettisoning good fruit.” —Paul Koch
a. Overzealous inspector
b. In-field sorting
c. Nondestructive fruit quality
d. Ozone generator
2 “The gee-whiz factor runs cold pretty quickly.” —Sanjiv Singh
a. Autonomous vehicle
b. Robotic harvesting
c. Granny Smith
d. Yield scout
3 “The key was keeping it very simple