The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards honor 40 outstanding individuals making their marks in the industry.

These 40 young professionals represent the best in the industry. The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 was honored at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO, and recognized in the October 2021 issues of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News.

Thank you to the sponsors who support the 40 Under 40 recognition program: AgBiome Innovations, BioWorks and Stokes Seeds.



Class of 2021

Abolfazl Hajihassani
University of Georgia

Amy Miller
Route 9 Cooperative/Ohio State University

Andy Fles
Shady Lane Cellars

Angelos Deltsidis
University of Georgia

Ashley Hoppers
University of Georgia Extension

Ben Rice
Rice Fruit Company

Benjamin Phillips
MSU Extension

Clark MacAllister
University of Georgia Extension

Cody Guenther
Lakeside Foods

Colby Pereira
Braga Fresh Family Farms

Corey Harmon
Titan Farms

David Harrell
Sanoca Farms

Derek Orsenigo
Grower’s Management, Inc and Orsenigo Farms, Inc

Doug Gibson
Mount Adams Fruit

Elizabeth Malchoff
Empire Drip Supply

Elizabeth Wittenbach
Wittenbach Orchards, LLC

Ethan Lineberger
Maple Springs Farm, LLC

Gabe Spurgeon
South Baldwin Farms

Greg Kugel
Kugel Farms, LLC

Harleston Towles
Rooting Down Farms

Jaspreet Sidhu
University of California Cooperative Extension

Joe Ferguson
Ferguson's Orchards/Ferguson's Pepin Heights Orchards

Jordon Walsworth
Golden Stock Farms, LLC

Kimberly Post
University of Georgia Extension

Kyle Flack
Bell's Farm

Lav R Khot, PhD
Washington State University

Lina M. Quesada-Ocampo
North Carolina State University

Mark Evans
Evans Brothers Fruit Company

Noah Robbins
Ark Foods

Olivia Saunders
UNH Extension

Patricia Contreras
Dole Food Company

Rebecca Titus
Titus Farm

Sam Oschwald Tilton
Lakeshore Technical College

Sebastien Boyer
FarmWise Labs, Inc.

Sedrick Rowe
Rowe Organic Farms, LLC

Stephanie Kipp
Kipp Farm Services

Steven Janoski
Janoski Farms Inc.

Trey Enloe
Lewis Creek Farm

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