Bayer CropScience wants to recognize a specialty crop grower who has used innovative thoughts, practices or technology to increase quality and yields, increase public access to produce or increase demand by promoting health benefits.

The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based company announced the Bayer CropScience Produce Innovative Award at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit, Oct. 20.

The award is open to any U.S. producer of citrus, grapes, pome fruit, stone fruit, tree nuts, vegetables or potatoes and is designed to mirror Bayer’s mission of “science for a better life.”

“We’re excited to spotlight an innovator that deploys methods in the field, across their operations or within the supply chain to enhance the positive contribution of produce on individual lives and society overall,” Rob Schrick, horticulture lead, said in the release.

The recipient will be announced during Bayer’s 2015 Ag Issues Forum Feb. 24-25 in Phoenix.

The winner will receive a paid trip to the forum, a $10,000 grant to help advance his or her innovation or support a community project that promotes a positive aspect of produce on people’s lives. The recipient also will receive a $2,000 gift card to the Apple Store.

Visit for more information, official rules or to submit an application. Deadline to apply is Jan. 5.