( Courtesy U.S. Apple Association )

The Falls Church, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association has announced its class of 2018 Young Apple Leaders.
The 18 young men and women will learn about federal regulatory and legistlative apple issues, according to a news release, and will learn from apple industry leaders across the country. 

This year’s class:

  • Alicia Abendroth, Abendroth’s Apple Ridge Orchard, Wolcott, N.Y.;
  • Tyler Baker, Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage Co., Ellensburg, Wash.;
  • Beth Brown, Orchard Dale Fruit Co., Waterport, N.Y.;
  • Aaron Coffman, S.A.K. Enterprises, Broadway, Va.;
  • Brett Grobe, Grobe Fruit Farm, Elyria, Ohio;
  • Anne Joudrey, Apple Hill Orchard, Mansfield, Ohio;
  • Kayla Lawrence, Richards Fruit Market LLC, Middletown, Va.;
  • Mattie Leid, Hess Bros. Fruit Co., Lancaster, Pa.;
  • Danijel Lolic, Rice Fruit Co., Gardners, Pa.;
  • Dan Norman, Klenk Orchards Inc., Sparta, Mich.;
  • Kylie Monson, Monson Fruit Co., Selah, Wash.;
  • Daniel Prairie, Prairie’s Orchard, Malone, N.Y.;
  • Tyler Jack Roper, Honeybear Marketing, Elgin, Minn.;
  • Mauro Sitio, Foreman Fruit, Wenatchee, Wash.;
  • Daisy Stickel, Matson Fruit, Selah, Wash.;
  • Katie Vargas, Great Lakes Ag Labor Services LLC, Sparta, Mich.;
  • Nathan Wash, Pheasant Orchards Inc., Soap Lake, Wash.; and
  • Sarah Lott Zost, Bonnie Brae Fruit Farms Inc., York Springs, Pa.

The program kicks off March 15 with USApple’s Capitol Hill Day, according to the release. 

Young Apple Leaders and others from the apple industry will meet with members of Congress to discuss industry-related issues, according to the release.

This is the ninth year for the program.