Learn More About the Young Apple Leaders Program

Young apple growers who are at start of their career through approximately age 35 are eligible to participate. Those involved in apple packing, shipping, marketing, research and other areas are also encouraged to join the program. The application deadline is December 31, 2016. Download the Application

Capitol Hill Day

Participants spend a day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., joining apple leaders in meetings with Congressional staff and learning how apple industry issues and policies are addressed. Held annually in March.

Thank You Sponsors

The 2016 Young Apple Leaders Program was sponsored by Farm Credit East, Knouse Foods Cooperative, Michigan Apple Committee, New England Apple Growers, New York Apple Sales, Northwest Farm Credit, Ohio Apple Marketing Program and Tree Top. Thank you for your continuing support of USApple and the Young Apple Leaders Program. Contact Jessa Allen for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Class of 2016

Kyle Benner, El Vista Orchards Inc., Fairfield, Pa.
Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard, Beacon, N.Y.
Stephen Cowher, Dawson's Orchards, Enon Valley, Pa.
Michael Day, Sunfair Marketing, Yakima, Wash.
Candace DeLong, Fruit Hill Orchard, LLC, Winchester, Va.
Tim Dressel, Dressel Farms, New Paltz, N.Y.
Bridget Engelsma, J Engelsma Orchard Inc., Walker, Mich.
Robert Jonaitis, Ken Schwallier Orchards, Inc., Coopersville, Mich.
Juliette King, King Orchards, Central Lake, Mich.
Derek Larson, Sage Fruit Company, Yakima, Wash.
Jordan Moore, Moore Orchard, Oak Harbor, Ohio
Jake Robison, Robison Orchards, Chelan, Wash.
Tyler Sanchez, Douglas Fruit, Pasco, Wash.
Sally Symms, Symms Fruit Ranch, Inc., Caldwell, Idaho
Chris Whipple, Kirby's Farm Market, LLC, Holley, N.Y.
Libby Wright, Glen Hill Orchards, Mount Vernon, Ohio


Class of 2015

Douglas Alt, Alt Brothers Inc, Comstock Park, Mich.
David Benner, II, El Vista Orchards Inc, Fairfield, Pa.
Ryan Dietrich, Ridgeview Orchards, Conklin, Mich.
Karen Druschel, Dawson's Orchards, Enon Valley, Pa.
Leah Dunn, CPC International Apple Co., Tieton, Wash.
Ryan Fernandes, Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc., Corona, Calif.
Brooke Gammie, Quarry Hill Orchards, Berlin Heights, Ohio
Ben Gammie, Quarry Hill Orchards, Berlin Heights, Ohio
Eliza Greenman, Legacy Fruit Trees, Dugspur, Va.
Brett Kast, Kast Farms Inc, Albion, N.Y.
Sarah Kennedy, Belding Fruit Storage, Belding, Mich.
Jake Monson, Monson Fruit Company LLC, Selah, Wash.
Joe Nuciforo, Indian Ladder Farms Inc., Altamont, N.Y.
Patrick O'Hara, OHF Orchards LLC, Mountain Top, Pa.
Hannah Poush, Cider Works Farms, Orondo, Wash.
Peter Wolfe, Rice Fruit Company, Gardners, Pa.


Class of 2014

Alisha Albinder, Hudson River Fruit Distributors, Milton, N.Y.
Chris Alpers, RedPath Orchards & Alpers Farms, Lake Leelanau, Mich.
Greta Brumback Liskey, Woodbine Farms, Inc., Winchester, Va.
Joe Burnham, IV, Burnham Orchards, Inc., Berlin Heights, Ohio
Andy Ferguson, Ferguson's Orchards, Eau Claire, Wis.
Philip Glaize, Glaize Apples, Winchester, Va.
Reba Guzman, Guzman Orchards / Gebbers Farm, Brewster, Wash.
Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Inc., Hollis, N.H.
Josh Heinicke, Columbia Fruit Packers, East Wenatchee, Wash.
Mike Hirsch, Hirsch Fruit Farm, Chillicothe, Ohio
Russell Holmberg, Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry, Conn.
Steve Johnston, Apple Castle, LLC, New Wilmington, Pa.
Ben Lerew, Lerew Brothers Orchards, Inc., York Springs, Pa.
Abby Lott, Bear Mountain Orchards, Inc., Aspers, Pa.
Adam Poush, Cider Works Farms, Orondo, Wash.
Jordan Rasch, Green Tree Orchards, LLC, Conklin, Mich.
Lindsay Rudolph, Rudolph Orchards, Inc., Peshastin, Wash.
Elizabeth Wittenbach, Wittenbach Orchards, Belding, Mich.


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