Individuals Honored, Prizes Awarded
The crowd was brought to its feet and tears were brought to his eyes as Howard Schwartz was called to the stage during the NOA/NARC banquet to be honored for the second time in as many days. Schwartz will be retiring from his position at Colorado State University this spring after working there as a research and extension plant pathologist since 1980.
On behalf of the NOA and the onion industry, Mininger presented Schwartz with the 2014 Distinguished Service award for “extraordinary service and dedication to your profession and the onion industry.” Mike Bartolo with Colorado State University also gifted Schwartz with a framed print from the onion research community.
“I thank you all. This means a lot,” Schwartz said. “I really enjoyed my years working with all of you, the NOA, NARC, the onion growers and industry. It has been a really special part of my career and a part that I’ll never forget. Thank you all very much.”
Schwartz was also honored during a NARC session of the conference the previous day. Robert Sakata, owner of Sakata Family Farms in Brighton, Colorado, recognized Schwartz with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “his unselfish dedication to helping onion growers.” He joked from the podium that the only problem with Schwartz is he is always so excited about the problems Sakata is having in the field.
Howard won the following three awards:
For leadership and facilitation of onion research and extension meetings and forum during the last 30 years;
2014 Commemorative Onion Illustration-NARC & W2008 Research & Extension Committee
For 34 years of exceptional service in helping farmers, inspiring students, and uniting the Allium research community:
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award-NOA-National Allium Research Conference (NARC)-W2008
For extraordinary service and dedication to my profession and the onion industry:
2014 Distinguished Service Award-National Onion Association (NOA)