Apr 1, 2010
12:00 AMThe Wind Machine
I have been asked by my friends at the Good Fruit Grower to give some occasional thoughts on the politics and activities of Washington, D.C. as they may have relevance to our tree fruit industry. The plan is to do this about once a week.
I will be responsible for what I write and for the opinions I express. In terms of my background, you may wish to know that I am the president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, a position I have held since 1980. And that I grew up on an apple and pear orchard, one still farmed by my brothers.
While the local weather always will be of first concern to the grower, what happens in our nation's capital often has striking effects, intended or otherwise, in terms of the ability to grow, pack, and ship fruit to market at a profit. It is my hope that through my weekly pieces I will be able to shed some interesting light for readers on the inner workings of our Congressional delegation, the possible ramifications on our industry of some of the bills moving through Congress, and about the people and policies of the Administration in power.