All-America Selections Elects New Officers, Names New Judges

All American SelectionsWhile meeting during the Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in Tampa, Fla., hosted by the American Seed Trade Association, All-America Selections (AAS) elected the following new officers for a two year term:

    • President: Angus Mellish from Veseys Seeds, York, Prince Edward Island
    • Vice president: Connie Dam-Byl from William Dam Seeds, Dundas, Ontario
    • Past-president: Ron Cramer, Xiant Technologies, Windsor, Colo.
    • Continuing a three-year term as treasurer: Patty Buskirk, Seeds By Design, Maxwell, Calif.

To support its message of ‘Tested Nationally & Proven Locally,’ the AAS board of directors added the following new judges during 2014:

  • Mark Amiya from Sakata Seed, new judge, Edibles Trial
  • Eugene Blythe from South MS Branch Exp. Station, established judge, added Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • James Bourgeois from Norseco, new judge, Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • Natalie Bumgarner from University of Tennessee, new judge, Edibles Trial
  • Jessica Cloninger from Boerner Botanical Garden, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Venelin Dimitrov from W. Atlee Burpee, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Victoria Goddard-Fischer from Callaway Gardens, new judge, Edibles Trial
  • Travis Higginbotham, Battlefield Farms, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Doug Holden from Ernst Benary of America, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Sim McMurry from Metrolina Greenhouses, established judge, added Edibles Trial
  • Scott Mozingo from Ball Horticultural Co., new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • James Newburn from University of Tennessee, new judge, Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • Penelope Merritt-Price from Young’s Plant Farm, new judge, Ornamental Seed and Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • Robin Dremsa Ruether from Kansas State University, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Janelle Schweinfurth from Callaway Gardens, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Laura Smith from Sakata Seed, new judge, Ornamental Seed Trial
  • Jerry Trageser from Nature’s Best Nursery, new judge, Ornamental Seed and Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • Bill Watson from Grimes Horticulture, established judge, added Ornamental Vegetative Trial
  • Aaron Whaley from AP Whaley Seed, new judge, Edibles Trial

A complete list of all current trial sites and respective judges can be found on the AAS website.

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