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February 10, 2006

Cliff Ruth receives horticulture award

Cliff Ruth photo

Cliff Ruth, area-specilized agent in commercial horticulture, has received the Kim Powell Friend of the Industry Award "in recognition for many years of outstanding support, educational planning and implementation; and dedication to the landscape industry and involvement with the Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Association of North Carolina."

The award was named for Powell, who recently retired from his position as horticulture specialist at N.C. State University. Powell worked closely with the state's landscape industry.

Ruth, who is based in Henderson County, has been actively involved in the development of training programs and several industry certifications for the nursery, greenhouse, turf and landscape industries.

He has worked with Henderson County's landscape industry for eight years. Today, the industry is worth more than $140 million in gross revenue and accounts for 2,400 local jobs, making it the county's largest agriculture industry.

Posted by Natalie at February 10, 2006 09:24 AM