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 2018

Adam Dietrich
Leo Dietrich and Sons LLC

Adam Ingrao
Bee Wise Farms

Adam Voll
Soergel Orchards

Amy Wolfe
AgSafe

Ben LaCross
Leelanau Fruit Company

Beth Oleson
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Bhabesh Dutta
University of Georgia

Brian Bates
Bear Creek Organic Farm

Brittany Lee
Florida Blue Farms

Daniel Stafford
Cornerstone Ag Enterprises

Dave King
Harvest Valley Farms

Doug Horkey
Horkey Brothers

Drew Echols
Jaemor Farms

Eric McClam
City Roots

Greg Shooks
Shooks Farm Company

Greta Liskey
Woodbine Farms

Jennifer Baugher
Adams County Nursery

Jenny Crist Kohn
Crist Bros. Orchards

Joe Skelly
Skelly's Farm Market

Jose Cabrera
Syngenta

JP Jacobson
Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Justin Gray
Pineland Farms Produce Division

Justin Hausman
Hausman Fruit Farm

Katie Hensley
Swanson Pickle

Katie Vargas
Great Lakes Ag Labor Services

Laura Edwards Orr
Red Tomato

Mark Boyer
Ridgetop Orchards

Matt DeCeault
Bayer Vegetable Seeds

Michael DeRuiter
DeRuiter Farms

Michael Hill
H&A Farms

Nathan Johanning
University of Illinois

Nick Schweitzer
Schweitzer Orchards

Philip Glaize III
Glaize Apples

Pierson Geyer
North American Blackberry Raspberry Association

Poliana Francescatto
Cornell University

Rachel Coventry
Curtis Orchard

Rita Abi-Ghanem
Bio Huma Netics

Shane Curry
University of Georgia Extension

Steven Johnston
Apple Castle

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