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Leaders of the Texas produce industry will be honored Jan. 24 at the Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet. 

The Texas Produce Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and has presented 150 living and posthumous awards and 24 Scott Toothaker Awards to industry leaders who have contributed a large part of their lives to the betterment of the produce industry throughout the state.  

The inductees to be honored as leaders among the farming or sales industry of fresh produce in Texas will be the Wiesehan Family, including: John F., Raymond, Richard, Kenneth, George, John and Roger. 

A posthumous award also will be given to Abel Salazar of Salazar Farms. 

Scott Fletcher and Harold Wilkins will be honored as the 2022 recipients of the Scott Toothaker Award for their dedication and service as partners to the industry. 

The award was established in 1989 for those individuals who are not directly involved in production agriculture, but who have made immense contributions nonetheless. 

The Hall of Fame is considered one of the most treasured events and is held every other year by the Texas International Produce Association for the last 34 years. This banquet provides the opportunity for today’s industry members to pay tribute to the leaders and role models who paved the way for future generations in the produce industry. 

In addition, the banquet also serves as a fundraiser for the William E. Weeks Agricultural Scholarship, which was established to encourage future generations to carry on the hard work of past leaders and pursue education in the field of specialty crop agriculture.

The TIPA was created in 1942 by a group of industry leaders who shared a vision to expand the Texas produce industry. It was formed to represent the business, economic and political interests of Texas-grown fruits and vegetables.  

In 2012, in response to the rapidly evolving needs of its members, TIPA’s mission was further expanded to address the issues and opportunities surrounding the importation and marketing of foreign grown produce that was being shipped through Texas ports.

For more information, visit texipa.org.

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