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Innovative fruit grower Daniel M. Dalrymple Tuesday received the 1990 Golden Apple Award from the Western New York Apple Growers and New York Cherry Growers Association during their annual meeting.

Dalrymple, now in his 80s and a resident of Delmar, near of Albany, was saluted for his contributions to fruit growing. He is a former Niagara County Cooperative Extension agent who also served 14 years as an assistant state commissioner of Agriculture & Market.

"Dan was the first county agent in Niagara County to pay attention to fruit growers," wrote Jay Dickinson, a former associate in the Pomona Farm of Niagara County.

He built Western New York's first controlled-atmosphere warehouse for long-term storage of apples, said Gary Fitch of Wilson, another apple grower.

Today, so-called "CA" warehouses, which slow down the aging process of fruit, are a virtual necessity for growers who sell fresh-market apples over the fall, winter and spring.

Dalrymple also served many year as secretary-treasurer of the New York State Horticultural Society.

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