Articles and links below showcase YGA participation in the year's tours, workshops and events:
Eight Young PA Growers Attend the International Fruit Tree Association Convention in Nova Scotia
Front Row, beginning fifth from left: Ben Lerew, YGA Chairperson, Blake Slaybaugh, Shawn Callahan, grower from another state, Mark Boyer
Second Row, fourth from right: Patty Keller
Other young growers who attended, but not in photo (this was the “under 30” group, along with keynote speaker, Steve Blizzard): Jen Baugher, Bruce Hollabaugh and Eric Haller.
PA Fruit News, April, 2015
PA Young Growers Participate in Capital Hill Day with
US Apple’s Young Apple Leader Program
Karen Druschel, Dawson’s Orchards, Enon Valley, PA
This marked the sixth year for the US Apple Association’s “Young Apple Leader” Program (YAL), and once again, it was a success. Sixteen individuals from seven states joined together with US Apple Directors and other apple industry leaders for the 2015 Capitol Hill Day on March 19 in Washington, D.C. Together we had the pleasure of meeting with our states’ Senators and Representatives to discuss the critical issues that are currently facing the apply industry, as well as being invited to US Apple’s annual Committee Meetings.
The weight of Thursday’s upcoming meetings was lessened as US Apple welcomed us with a casual dinner at Capitol Lounge on Wednesday evening. This was a wonderful time to get to know the other individuals who had been selected for the 2015 YAL class in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Thursday both began and ended on high notes with Washington State Representative Suzan DelBene speaking at our Issues Briefing Breakfast and Washington State Senator Dan Newhouse at the evening’s US Apple PAC Reception. Both brought pleasant and positive attitudes and wise words to the podium, sparking interesting conversations among my peers.
The day’s legislative meetings went well as we discussed current and ongoing topics such as Labor Reform, International Trade and Waters of the United States (WOTUS) with our elected officials, asking for their support. We were also sure to thank them for the continued funding for our many research projects and for the Federal Nutrition Programs that they support.
Friday began with another delicious breakfast accompanied by a very interesting immigration presentation given by Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at Pew Research Center. US Apple’s Committee Meetings commenced post breakfast, citing many exciting things planned for the upcoming 2015 calendar year and including an update on the recent Listeria outbreak by the FDA CORE Team. We were also privileged to get to hear from Doug McKalip, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture, during our lunch which forged a pleasant Segway into the remainder of the day’s meetings. Friday evening concluded with relaxing fun, conversation and BBQ at Hill Country.
We would like to extend sincere thanks to the US Apple Association Staff and seasoned members of the apple industry for their knowledge and kindness and their willingness to continue the YAL Program, as it was such a wonderful learning and networking experience for us all. On behalf of myself, David Benner (El Vista Orchards0, Patrick O’Hara (OHF Orchards) and Peter Wolfe (Rice Fruit Company), we extend a special thanks to Ken Guise and Knouse Foods Cooperative for their sponsorship of the Pennsylvania YALs as our time in Washington D.C. would not have been possible without your support!PA Fruit News, April, 2015
Links lead to articles about YGA participation in the year's tours, workshops and events:
Read about our young grower Leighton Rice and his thoughts on growing fruit and the industry in the September issue of the American/Western Fruit Grower. This article is part of a series titled "GenNext Growers".
Celebrate Gettysburg published a nice article highlighting the fruit industry in Adams County, new orchard technology, the next generation of growers and the recent International Fruit Tree Association tour.
Another summary of the IFTA tour by Country Folks Grower and descriptions of the farms visited. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this tour a success!
The International Fruit Tree Association visited Adams County Pennsylvania July 17-18 with over 200 members participating in tours of orchard operations. Nine farms hosted the group during the main tour while 3 others opened their doors for pre- and post-tours. A number of young growers presented, hosted, participated and volunteered in this event. You can read articles about the tour in the Lancaster Farming and Gettysburg Times.
Country Folks Grower Eastern Edition published an article on McCleaf's Orchard, highlighting their high tunnel system and connection to the Young Grower Alliance. Read the entire article here.
"Meet The Next Generation Of Fruit Growers" in an insightful article by the American Fruit Grower. "The next generation of growers is dealing with unique challenges, but its members are poised to lead the industry into the future." The article features YGA members and many other inspiring young farmers of the industry.
Strite's Orchard was featured in the February edition of Country Folks Grower with an article focusing on "Using Preventative Strategies to Minimize Pest and Disease Problems". Find a link to a PDF copy of the article at the bottom of this page.
The Hollabaugh family was featured in the April 2012 issue of Good Fruit Grower. The article "Eye-to-eye with Consumers - Retail marketing shapes orchards and practices at Hollabaugh Bros." describes how they approach direct consumer sales.
American Fruit Grower featured on their April 2012 cover YGA members Sidney Kuhn, Bruce Hollabaugh, Jim Schupp, and Tara Baugher. The article "From the Ground Up" discusses how growers and researchers in Pennsylvania are working together on transitioning orchards for the future.
American Fruit Grower featured on their June 2012 cover YGA member Sidney Kuhn. The article, "New Grower New Perspective" discusses Sidney's focus on the big picture as she guides her family's farm into the future.
The International Fruit Tree Association's summer study tour shows off Canada's world famous apple growing industry with highlights in the September/October 2012 issue of American Fruit Grower. In "Bienvenue Au Quebec", two YGA member discuss their trip.
Dave, John and Ben Wenk who operate Three Springs Orchard in Benderville, PA, were featured in the December 2011 issue of Good Fruit Grower. The Wenks bought a Darwin mechanical string thinner 50/50 with another grower in Maryland. The article "Blossom thin Peaches" describes its successful use.
The YGA was featured in the October 2010 issue of Good Fruit Grower magazine! The article "The Next Generation" by Richard Lehnert.
The YGA was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Good Fruit Grower magazine. The article "Next generation branches out" by Dan Hager.
USApple Participates in Penn State Grower Field Day, Meets With Young Growers Alliance
USApple’s Todd Hultquist and Mark Seetin joined apple and specialty crop growers from the mid-Atlantic for the 2009 Penn State University Fruit Research and Extension Center Grower Field Day held in Biglerville, PA. Key issues included advances in sustainable and organic fruit production; the latest in orchard automation; fruit research and orchard management and care. Hultquist and Seetin also met with the Young Grower Alliance (YGA), the next generation of specialty crop growers seeking to develop new approaches to meet future growing and marketing challenges through educational opportunities, community involvement, field trips and networking events. Launched in Pennsylvania in 2005, the group’s membership now stretches from New England to the Carolinas, and has generated interest in other apple growing regions around the country.
USApple Weekly Report, July 24, 2009
We would like to thank all of the agricultural/fruit industry associations that have supported our group: