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Kelsey’s family farm is nestled in the hills of Washington’s upper Wenatchee Valley, where they grow fresh market pears.
IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers who are utilizing new equipment to save on labor.
And automation is still on everyone’s minds.
At the IFTA conference in Washington in February, two speakers shared updates on apple harvesters currently under development.
Abundant Robotics aims to
WSU researchers hope to breed better bees
family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and Skagit Seed Services in La Conner, Washington.
business/Vineyard Manager, Sagemoor Vineyards
How did you get your start?
As a recent graduate of Washington State University, I joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as an intern and learned from
Don’t wig out in bug battle: WSU graduate student set to convince growers how earwigs can be beneficial in some orchards.
family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by Jan and Fern Luebber. He obtained an economics degree with an emphasis in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College and Washington State University and now works on the family farm and with Stemilt Growers on their
Gene-editing research could lead to new control for codling moth
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