A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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Herald visits Sea-Tac to watch cherries fly to China

  • July 23rd, 2014

The Yakima Herald-Republic’s Ross Courtney visited Sea-Tac airport to watch cherries from the Yakima and Wenatchee areas get loaded for fast delivery aboard a China Eastern Airlines 777 cargo plane.

Courtney wrote:
Cherries sure mean a lot of work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, just like they do in the [...]

  • Summing up a career

Summing up a career

  • July 10th, 2014

Dr. Scott Johnson worked for 31 years as an extension specialist for the University of California, Davis. He was based at the Kearney Agricultural Center, a research station in the heart of San Joaquin Valley’s intense agriculture.

He earned an undergraduate degree in biology before entering studies at Cornell University, [...]

  • Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

  • July 1st, 2014

age / 37
crops / Peaches and almonds
title / Farm manager
business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking over the business from his parents. Peter’s grandparents started farming in Escalon after immigrating from Italy in the 1920s.
education / Master’s degree in plant breeding [...]

  • Stone fruit farm stay

Stone fruit farm stay

  • July 1st, 2014

Mike and Nori Naylor educate urban folks about agriculture and stone fruit one family at a time. At their farm stay, located in the heart of California’s stone fruit growing region, guests can pick their own fruit, learn about life on a small family farm, or just unwind from [...]

Obama goes without Congress on immigration reform

  • June 30th, 2014

President Barack Obama will announce today his plan to use executive authority to move on immigration reform.

Obama has said the immigration system is broken and that he will use administrative powers to move on issues where Congress has not acted.

Reuters has the story.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will [...]

Thurlby on radio: 2014 Northwest cherry crop still looking great

  • June 26th, 2014

BJ Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers continues to have a bullish outlook on this year’s crop. Growers are expecting the 2nd biggest cherry harvest, plus excellent quality.

He’s especially excited about the alignment of factors that could make the crucial Fourth of July a “slingshot” for strong sales all the [...]

Warmest spring in 20 years ends with hottest May since 1997

  • June 23rd, 2014

Washington State has been warm, the warmest spring in 20 years, says AgWeatherNet meteorologist Nic Loyd.

And also amazing: Washington saw one of its coolest early growing seasons in 2011, only to see a dramatic increase in 2014.

The temps have been especially helpful for cherry growers, who this year are expecting [...]

New board member joins Washington Wine Industry Foundation

  • June 20th, 2014

Sherri Swingle joins the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors. Swingle, who was the executive director of the Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, brings marketing, event and fundraising experience to the WWIF board. She is also credited with producing the Auction of Washington Wines with the foundation.

Read more about [...]

Goodbye, Washington Growers Clearing House; hello, Tree Fruit Association

  • June 13th, 2014

Board members of the Washington Growers Clearing House will hold their last meeting of the association’s 73-year history in August.

In a mail ballot, its members overwhelmingly approved the board’s recommendation to dissolve the association and consolidate with other industry groups to form the new Washington Tree Fruit Association.  More [...]