Gary Vallad, professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida, was awarded researcher of the year today during the award luncheon at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) annual convention. Vallad is stationed at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. He works on several crops including tomato, watermelon, pomegranate and more.
Vallad says it is an honor to be recognized by the FFVA for all the research work that he has done. However, he points out that he could not have received the award on his own. He thanks all the professors, Extension agents and graduate students that have helped him along the way. “They’re just as deserving of this award as I am,” Vallad says.
Vallad also gives thanks to the growers he has worked with during his time in the field. “It’s been a privilege working for the growers. They’ve given me opportunities, and a lot of them have become lifelong friends,” Vallad concludes.
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