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The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60 annual conference featured a slew of speakers on topics including rootstocks, tree architecture and orchard netting and the announcement of 2017 award winners.
Three awards were given at the banquet Tuesday evening:
• Jim Mattheis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural
Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.
As a snowstorm raged outside, attendees at the Washington Winegrowers conference in Kennewick, Washington were eager to talk about spring and the arrival of warmer weather during the Wednesday session on Farming by Phenology.
Irrigation, pest and disease control, and even labor management can benefit from paying close attention to the
family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along Lake Ontario. He’s learned from his grandfather James and father, Darrel, that being active in industry groups and extension agriculture programs has helped them to adopt new growing techniques and to diversify the farm’s crops.
Inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act are coming to orchards and packing plants in 2018 and, with just a year to go, many facilities still aren’t sure how to demonstrate compliance.
That makes this year key for figuring out what aspects of the regulations apply to your operation as well
family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s 10th generation of farmers. To help in preparation for future transition of the farm, she earned her horticulture degree, interned with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC), and plans to work with her parents,
family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young grower groups and is involved with converting older walnut orchards to new variety cherry blocks.
grower/ Linden, California
crops/ Cherries and walnuts
business/ Ferrari Brothers Properties
How did you get your start?
The farm is what I grew up
One hundred years ago, Watsonville, California, was one of the apple leaders of the world, shipping fruit around the globe, supporting dozens of local packing sheds and giving rise to Martinelli’s, arguably the most famous sparkling apple cider producer in the United States.
Nowadays, Martinelli’s is practically the only reason there
This past summer, a team of researchers armed with scissors walked through a North Central Washington apple orchard and did the unthinkable: They inoculated 1,600 trees with fire blight.
They’re not aiming to wipe out an orchard. Rather, they’re trying to identify the genes responsible for fire blight resistance in different
Researchers are still working to get the word out to the industry about the requirements for growers and packers of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which made it a key topic at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting.
Marc Verhougstreate, assistant professor at the University of Arizona, shared some
Technology and mechanization led the topics for the second day at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s annual meeting.
In a morning session, researchers provided updates on their trials with new dwarfing cherry rootstocks, apple rootstocks and development of pear rootstocks, a program for which is just getting underway. Trellis engineering
Two words can sum up Monday afternoon’s session of the 112th annual meeting of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association: Cosmic Crisp.
Washington growers will begin the first plantings of the new Washington State University variety WA 38, which will be known commercially as Cosmic Crisp.
More than 600,000 trees are expected
Speakers hammered away at the theme of “change” to kick off the 112th annual meeting of the Washington tree fruit industry.
Change in a U.S. president. Change in technology. Change in food safety regulations. Change in customer shopping habits.
“Change comes no matter how long we ignore it,” said Sam Godwin, chairman
family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate family to attend high school and college. He earned an undergraduate degree in plant sciences, viticulture and enology from Washington State University. He is currently working on a master’s degree in agriculture sciences, focusing on
Vacuum picker under development brings the apple industry closer than ever to automating harvest.