Out of the Orchard

A New Cherry Season Brings Hope, Opportunity and Plenty of Challenges

By |April 15th, 2013|

As the Northwest Cherry season draws closer by the day … for the first time in six or seven [...]

In Times of Plenty

By |April 1st, 2013|

I think we can all agree the record Washington apple crop of 2012 couldn’t have happened at a better [...]

Optimistic about pears

By |February 1st, 2013|

Recently, I had the pleasure to address a large number of growers at North Central Washington Pear Day in [...]

Plan ahead

By |January 25th, 2013|

This week, I had the pleasure of giving presentations at apple meetings in Chelan and Wenatchee focusing on the [...]

A Glimpse of Washington State’s Future

By |December 14th, 2012|

In the third week of July 2012, at the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors meeting, I decided to [...]

On the Hill in D.C.

By |October 11th, 2012|

Last week, I joined 500 produce industry professionals in Washington, D.C., for the United Fresh Public Policy Conference. Two [...]

Will We Miss It?

By |October 11th, 2012|

With 300,000,000 middle-class consumers—and growing—China is Washington State’s fourth-largest export market and has been identified as the number-two growth [...]

Northwest Cherry 2012 Season at a Glance

By |September 20th, 2012|

The final sweet cherry shipments from the Pacific Northwest left the industry this weekend, bringing an end to a [...]

Off and Running

By |August 20th, 2012|

As you are harvesting pears OFF your trees, we are RUNNING to get our marketing programs in place to [...]

Don’t Count Your Chickens…

By |August 14th, 2012|

On the surface, what a year 2012 could be to a Washington State apple grower!  If you have the [...]