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Sunnyside farmer receives accolades

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Sunnyside farmer Rick Herndon was recently selected as the recipient of the National Grape Cooperative/Welch's Leadership Fellowship Award.

Sunnyside's Rick Herndon recently received two honors. He graduated from the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's two-year leadership program and received the National Grape Cooperative/Welch's Leadership Fellowship Award.

Herndon, who is a member of the 26th class to graduate from the leadership program, received the award during the recent graduation ceremony.

The fellowship award is presented to a program participant in the fruit industry who has demonstrated outstanding qualities and is sponsored by the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation in conjunction with the National Grape Cooperative and Welch's. Together, the National Grape and Welch's organization is the world's largest marketer of Concord and Niagara-based grape products.

Herndon is the owner of Herndon Ranches and is currently involved with the Washington Horticulture Association, Washington Mint Growers, Washington Growers League, Welch's/National Grape Coop and the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

For the past two years Herndon has been participating in the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation's leadership program, which helps participants gain in-depth knowledge in public affairs, government, environmental concerns, domestic and international trade and foreign relations. Every year up to 30 people are chosen to participate in the leadership development program.

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