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OHIO FRUIT GROWERS NAME SAGE PRESIDENT

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Sage, Chardon, Ohio, is the new president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Society. He was elected at the 146th annual meeting of the organization on Feb. 3 in Toledo. The meeting was part of the three-day Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers Congress held at the SeaGate Centre.
 Sage, a 1974 graduate of Ohio State University in horticulture, represents the fourth generation of Sages producing apples near Chardon. Sage and his brother, John, grow 30 acres of apples, plus pears, plums, raspberries and other small fruit. They also produce 10 different vegetable crops including 20 acres of sweet corn. All production is marketed through their modern farm market.
 Bob and John have been converting their orchard to dwarf trees in recent years and are experimenting with several different trellis systems to increase production. They grow over 50 different varieties of apples to satisfy tastes of their customers who travel from as far away as Cleveland to purchase the Sages' apples and cider. During two of the past three years the Sages' cider was judged best in the state in the OFGS Cider Contest.
 Bob has served as vice president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Society and in numerous industry leadership positions.
 Other officers and trustees elected at the meeting were:
 -- Dave Eyssen, Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, president-elect;
 -- Dick Wander, Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala, vice president;
 -- Dale Stokes, Stokes Fruit Farm, Wilmington, secretary;
 -- Dan Simmons Jr., Peace Valley Orchards, Rogers, treasurer;
 -- Brad Phillips, A.B. Phillips & Sons, Berlin Hts., trustee;
 -- Bill Gammie, Quarry Hill Orchards, Berlin Hts., trustee; and
 -- Rich Eshleman, Eshleman Orchard, Clyde, trustee.
 The Ohio Fruit Growers Society is a statewide organization of commercial orchardists and berry growers. It is the state's oldest agricultural organization, first chartered in 1947 as the Ohio State Pomology Society. Later it became the Ohio State Horticulture Society and in 1978 the present name was adopted.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Pullins of Ohio Fruit Growers Society, 614-249-2424/


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