The purpose of the Thompson Travel Fellowship is to expose young people, working in the Maryland fruit industry, to ideas on fruit production in other areas of the world. To do this, the Maryland State Horticultural Society has established a fellowship of up to $1,000. This fellowship can be awarded annually to young people working in the fruit industry to promote leadership within the Society.

Recipient qualifications

  • Be a fruit grower or someone else associated with fruit production in Maryland

  • Ages from 18 to 30

  • Traveling outside the state of Maryland.

 

Recipient expectations

The recipient would be expected to make a short presentation to the membership at the annual meeting concerning the information learned in the travel.

Tyler Butler Receives the 2017 Arthur H. Thompson Travel Fellowship Award.   View Tyler's Presentation (pdf)

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS ARE:

Lynn Moore, 1986
Richard Hefflebower, 1987
Bill Gardenhour, 1988
J.D. Rinehart, 1989
Nathan Milburn, 1992
Mathew Harsh, 1997
Mary Harsh, 2004
Candace Lohr, 2004
Tyler Butler, 2005
Michael James, 2005
Katheryn Lesser, 2006
Ben Butler, 2010
Susan and Luke Schlagel, 2012 (brother & sister)
Hallie Butler, 2014
Jaclyn Fiola, 2015
Tyler Butler, 2017

ARTHUR H. THOMPSON TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP AWARD

AWARDS

Application and Procedure

The application letter should include

  • Name

  • Age

  • Contact information (mailing address, email, and phone)

  • A brief explanation of the proposed trip.

 

Applications should be submitted by January 17, 2020, to be considered for use during the subsequent year.

Send applications to Bryan Butler, University of Maryland Extension-Carroll County, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, MD 21157 or by email bbutlers@umd.edu.

 

The Awards and Nominating Committee will consider the nominations and will make its recommendation to the Executive Committee, which will make the final decision.   The Arthur H. Thompson Fellowship will be presented at the Awards  Banquet on January 28, 2020, at Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA.

HARRY G. BLACK DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Christopher Walsh received the Harry G. Black Distinguished Service Award at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

 

 Wade Butler, President of the Maryland State Horticultural Society, presented the award to Chris during the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Banquet for his many contributions to the industry.  Chris a professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park and is currently serving as the Maryland State Horticultural Society Board Member.  

MSHS, President Wade Butler (left) and Robert Black (right) presents Harry G. Black Distinguished Service Award to Christopher Walsh (Middle)

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS ARE:
 

Lloyd Balderston III, 1976
Dr. Castillo Graham, 1976
Professor A. F. Veirheller, 1976
S. Herman Todd, 1977
William C. Main, 1978
Theodore Stegmaier, 1978
M. N. “Nick” Pope, 1979
Dr. L. O. Weaver, 1980
Dr. Ben L. Rogers, 1981
Dr. Arthur Thompson, 1982
Harry G. Black, 1985
George H. Butler, Jr., 1986
William M. Allenberg, 1996
Evan B. Milburn, 1997
John H. Rinehart, 1999
Dr. Paul W. Steiner, 2000
Bruce Barr, 2005
Henry R. Passi, 2008
Allan Baugher, 2011
Robert E. Black, 2014

Bob Rouse, 2016
Lynn Moore 2018
Christopher Walsh 2019

The Harry G. Black Distinguished Service awarded is given, when deemed appropriate by the Executive Board, to a person who is a member of the Maryland State Horticultural Society making a significant contribution in the state of Maryland this year and in years past.  The Award and Nominations Committee, consisting of three members appointed by the President, shall recommend to the Executive Board such an award.

 

Although primarily intended to be given to a fruit grower or those involved in fruit production, it may be given to a person in an allied industry such as processing, a state employee, a county agent, university personnel, or to any other person making a special contribution to the fruit industry.

 

If you have a suggested recipient, please write a brief description and send it to Bryan Butler, University of Maryland Extension-Carroll County, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, MD 21157 or by email bbutlers@umd.edu

The committee will annually review the list of nominees, if any, to determine its recommendation to the Executive Board.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Frank Allnutt received a Distinguished Service Award at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

 

Wade Butler, President of the Maryland State Horticultural Society, presented the award to Frank in recognition of a career dedicated in support of Maryland Fruit Growers. Frank has recently retired from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the Center Director of The Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center, Central Maryland Research and Education Center, and the Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center. 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS ARE:
 

Frank Allnutt 2019

MSHS, President Wade Butler (left) and Robert Black (right) presents Distinguished Service Award to Frank Allnutt (Middle)

Robert Black Receives Award in Hershey

 

Robert Black, co-owner of Catoctin Mountain Orchard, was awarded the Life Membership Award in 2017 from the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association (PVGA) by it's president, Dave Miller. PVGA recognized Robert's efforts on combating the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug that was affecting the fruit and vegetable growers in the mid-Atlantic region.

PVGA, President Dave Miller (left) presents the Life Membership Award to Robert Black (right), Catoctin Mountain Orchard, Thurmont, MD.  
Photo republished with the permission of Lancaster Farming.

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