Paul Wafler of Wafler Farms was named the Outstanding Grower for 2019 by the International Fruit Tree Association on Monday at the group’s annual meeting in Rochester, New York.
Mario Miranda Sazo, a Cornell University tree fruit extension specialist, was selected for the Outstanding Extension award.
Alan Lakso, a Cornell fruit physiologist, was named Outstanding Researcher.
And the publishers of three industry magazines — Meister Media, Fruit Grower News and the Good Fruit Grower, were chosen for the Industry Service Award.
Wafler, a Wolcott, New York, grower, comes from a family of early tree fruit technology and technique adopters. His family is known for orchard platforms, nursery work and high-density orchard designs.