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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  • McFerson applies for WSU director job

McFerson applies for WSU director job

  • April 20th, 2015

 

Dr. Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for the past 14 years, has applied for the position of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee.

If appointed, he would succeed Dr. Jay Brunner, who will retire in August this year. [...]

  • Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

Pedro Cuevas Jr., Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

  • April 15th, 2015

grower / Royal City, Washington
age / 25
crops / Cherries, apples
business / Part owner of Rancho Cuevas orchard and fieldman with CHS Sun Basin
other experience / Graduated Wenatchee Valley College in horticulture

How did you get your start?
I started when I was very, very young. I [...]

Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

  • April 13th, 2015

Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.

Don, working with his father, Milt, and brothers Bud and Rick, planted the first vinifera grapes on Horse Heaven Hills in 1972 at [...]

Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

  • April 13th, 2015

Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit Commission on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Council for a one-year period beginning July 1.

The Fruit Commission also reappointed Rob Lynch of Yakima to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for a three-year [...]

Apple specialist retires

  • April 13th, 2015

Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired March 1.

She joined OMAFRA in 1981 and worked in fruit and vegetable extension and as the weed management specialist for horticultural crops. Since 2008 she has been the province’s apple specialist. She was a [...]

  • Ballard retires from clean plant program

Ballard retires from clean plant program

  • April 1st, 2015

After helping to expand Washington State’s grape industry through public and private entities for more than 35 years, Gary Ballard, operations manager of the Clean Plant Center Northwest Grape Program, is retiring in April.

Since 2003, Ballard has managed Washington State University’s clean plant program, formerly called the Northwest Grape [...]

  • Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries, wine and juice grapes
business / Owner Rustic Vineyards, 2dor Wines
other experience / Walla Walla Community College, viticulture degree

How did you start in farming?
When I was young and my grandfather passed away, it put a lot [...]

  • Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

  • March 18th, 2015

grower / Marcus Morgan, 36, The Dalles, Oregon.  (with Miss Blue)
crops / Cherries
business / Orchard manager for Morgan & Sons Honey Company.
other experience / He has worked the family farm since he was a child. At one point he pursued professional bull riding as a career. [...]

Dick Bartram, 1920-2015

  • March 17th, 2015

Retired Washington State University Cooperative Extension agent Richard “Dick” Bartram, who was an authority on apple maturity and storage, died February 19, aged 94.

Bartram was born in Chelan, Washington, and grew up on the family orchard. He graduated from Washington State College in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in [...]

  • Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

  • March 11th, 2015

Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The award was presented March 10, during a luncheon at MSU.

Lehnert was cited for his nearly [...]