Dr. Todd DeKryger - Receives Master Farmer Associate Award
Todd has been named recipient of the 2021 Master Farmer Associate Award by the Michigan Vegetable Council. This award is presented annually to an individual or business actively supporting the vegetable production industry in Michigan. It recognizes leadership roles in industry and community organizations and support of vegetable crop research.
Todd is the Regional Supplier Development Manager - Agriculture at Nestlé Nutrition North America (Gerber) in Fremont, Michigan. In a nutshell that means that Todd is invaluable to both the fruit and vegetable growers in Michigan that grow produce for Gerber baby foods.
Todd has worked at Gerber for a long time and he has succeeded by building a network of growers, employees, and extension. His passion seems to be this network, which allows him to find solutions to the needs of Michigan’s produce industry. Todd spends more time in the office these days, but relishes the occasions when he can get out and scout the fields, like at Crystal Valley Organics.
Two projects Todd has provided great knowledge and leadership in are vital to vegetable production. Marketable carrots cannot taste woody. Aster Yellows is a plant disease that can cause woodiness in carrots. Aster leafhoppers carry this disease and infect plants. Todd’s work with Michigan State University research scientists has helped improve our control over this disease. Gerber baby products feed the youth of this nation. Todd is leading the way to make sure that these products contain safe ingredients without any natural contaminants.