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HTFG taps five supporters of fruit industry


The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) names the recipients of its appreciation awards, given annually to supporters of the state’s local fruit industry.

The five award winners are being lauded at the HTFG annual conference, Sept. 12-14 at the Kahilu Golf Course in Wailuku, Maui.

Award recipients are James Simpliciano of Maui, Dr. Scot Nelson and Sharon Hurd of Honolulu, Reggie Hasegawa of Hilo and Emmerich Grosch of Kona.

“Each of our award recipients have gone out of their way to support Hawaii’s fruit industry,” said Ken Love, HTFG executive director.

James Simpliciano, a former chef and Lahaina citrus grower, is being lauded for his dedication to locally grown products as both a farmer and culinarian.

Dr. Scot Nelson, plant disease epidemiology and management specialist with the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, is tapped for helping growers identify and remedy disease issues.

Sharon Hurd of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is recognized for her “tireless efforts to help growers and statewide groups find pathways to success.”

Reggie Hasegawa, of Crop Production Services, and Emmerich Grosh, of Captain Cook Trading Company, are both lauded for support of HTFG and its programs.

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