2011 Tatter Scholarship Recipients

Curtis Dietrich (Michigan State University)

Curtis is working on his Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Science with an Agriculture Business Management Specialization. After graduation he plans to return to the family farm as a sixth-generation apple grower. Curtis would like to implement some of the new techniques and systems gleaned from his college experience on the farm.

Ben Byl (Michigan State University)

Ben is a Master’s degree student in Horticulture and has done research of the benefits of irrigation systems in growing asparagus. After earning his B.S. degree from Hope College, he spent a year with Americorps and two years with the Peace Corps. After graduation, Ben intends to serve for a couple years as a horticultural consultant in Africa or Asia and then return to the family farm in Shelby.