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GREAT LAKES EXPO
Michigan growers honor Horkeys, DeKryger
By Stephen Kloosterman
Associate Editor
Michigan vegetable growers gathered
Dec. 8 to honor individuals who have
given back to the industry over many
years.
Horkey Brothers received the Master
Farmer Award from the Michigan
Vegetable Council. Brothers Doug and
Travis Horkey, with their father, uncle
and other family members, farm more
than 1,000 acres of vegetables near
Dundee, Michigan.
Todd DeKryger received the
Master Farmer Associate Award. He
is the regional supplier development
manager - agriculture at Nestlé
Nutrition North America (Gerber) in
Fremont, Michigan.
The 21st Annual EXPO Banquet was
held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel during the
Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm
Market EXPO.
Horkey family matters
Third-generation farmers, Travis and
Doug Horkey are partners in the family
farm.
" I was born a farmer and I just never
quit, " Travis Horkey said in a video
played at the meeting.
Sweet corn and potatoes are the farm's
biggest crops, with 300-400 acres devoted
to each. The farm also grows 30-40 acres
of bell peppers, 120 acres of cabbage and
40-50 acres of hard-shell squash. Horkey
Brothers harvest, wash, pack and cool all
their produce. They also have a family
wholesale terminal market at Detroit's
Eastern Market and spend many nights a
week distributing their produce there.
The farm switched to the H-2A labor
TODD DEKRYGER
visa system about five years ago. They
have been active in local government
and church activities in addition to
positions in the industry - Doug was
on the Michigan Vegetable Council for
nine years, including as president. He is
close friends with Dave Smith, the former
executive director of the council - both
are residents of Monroe County.
" I extend my congratulations to Travis
and Doug and to their dad George, and
Uncle Carl in being selected for the
Master Farmer award, " Smith said at
the awards ceremony. " The main goal
that Travis and Doug have in serving
the industry and running the farm is to
make it possible for the next generation to
continue farming. "
Doug said very little at the awards
banquet but was thankful.
" I would like to thank our employees, "
he said. " Travis and I might steer the
ship, but our employees are the ones that
propel it. And I would like to thank my
dad and my uncle - they are the ones that
built the ship. "
An innovator and
collaborator
DeKryger was an independent crop
advisor with experience with integrated
Three generations of the Horkey family. From the left are Doug Horkey, Finn Horkey
(Doug's son), George Jr. Horkey (Doug and Travis's father), Jonathon Helmstadter (Doug
and Travis's nephew) and Travis Horkey. Photos: Stephen Kloosterman
pest management decades ago when he
was tapped to work for Gerber.
DeKryger has worked with the Oomen
family and other Michigan growers
on variety trials, sprayers and other
technologies and practices that allow the
growers to remain competitive for work
growing for Nestlé and Gerber.
" He'll think things through right, " Tom
Oomen of Oomen Farms said in a video
played at the awards ceremony. " It's very
practical. It's not a pie-in-the-sky sort of
thing. "
A news release from the Michigan
Vegetable Council highlighted his work
in improving control of Aster leafhoppers,
which spread Aster Yellows disease that
can cause carrots to taste woody. He also
has led the way fighting against food
contamination issues.
He worked with Mary Hausbeck of
Michigan State University Extension on
sustainability standards put forward by
Gerber.
" That was something brand-new to
me, and I have always appreciated how
he taught me about those standards, and
what measures can and should be taken, "
Hausbeck said in the video. " We formed a
unique, and, I think, fruitful partnership
to ensure Michigan's processing crops
continue to be sourced out of Michigan
for Gerber. "
DeKryger was grateful for his work.
" I always wanted to be a vegetable
grower. Without boring you with the
details, that didn't work out, " he said. " But,
I've been blessed to make a career out of
working with some really great growers,
some really great researchers, doing
some really cool stuff, and you get paid
for it. Thank you very much. " VGN
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