Good Fruit Grower is gaining a new associate editor. Ross Courtney, an award-winning writer with the Yakima Herald Republic, joins Good Fruit Grower as associate editor December 1.
“Ross is a very talented writer who already has
We’re pretty excited about the December issue we are preparing right now, especially coverage of the 2015 Grower of the Year.
We name the winner in December. The grower selected by our Advisory Board represents the very
Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will take place during industry meetings in January. The committee establishes grade, size, and pack regulations for fresh sweet cherries from designated counties
Pear Bureau Northwest, the non-profit marketing organization that represents the 1,600 pear growers of Oregon and Washington (home to 84 percent of the U.S. fresh pear crop), announced that that Lynsey Kennedy, the organization’s international
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has presented South Carolina peach grower Jimmy Forrest with the college’s Alumni Award of Excellence.
Forrest, president of Dixie Belle Peaches, Inc., in Ridge Spring, South
Richard “Dick” Snyder has retired as chief operations officer of C&O Nursery based in Wenatchee, Washington. He was with the company for more than 42 years, recently specializing in nursery administrative duties.
Long-time C&O employee Todd
Jake is a fourth generation farmer who grows tree fruit on 120 acres. He’s the son of Dave and Karla Robison and nephew to Allen Robison.
The director of Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet program, Gerrit Hoogenboom, has accepted a position at the University of Florida beginning Jan. 1.
Hoogenboom has directed the AgWeatherNet program, which provides current and historical weather data along
Brett Valicoff is a fourth-generation grower who returned to the farm to help plan and build a modern apple packing line in Wapato, Washington.
Andy Smith, from Edwards Apple Orchard, talks with Good Fruit Grower about how his family grew the business from a small farm market to one of the most popular farm destinations in the Midwest.
Dr. Jim McFerson assumed the new role of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in August, while still working as manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission—a move that
Four postharvest physiologists fared well in early August, gaining recognition for their work during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Elizabeth Mitcham was named Outstanding International Horticulturist. She is director
Four months out of Wenatchee Valley College, Manuel talks with Good Fruit Grower about why he pursued a career in farming and orchard management.
Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, has been reappointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. He is the sole person on the 34-member committee specifically representing the tree fruit
Michigan State University horticulture professor Jim Flore gladly accepted and quickly donned the official red sports jacket as he was honored as Cherry Industry Person of the Year during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse
Daniel Bays is a fifth generation farmer talks with Good Fruit Grower about how the farm is dealing with drought and the possible transition to mechanized harvesting.
Sheryl McGrath has been appointed to succeed Dave Roseleip as president of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation.
Roseleip retired at the end of June after a 30-year career with the foundation, which operates a
Lindsey Huber has joined the Washington Apple Commission staff in Wenatchee as export marketing coordinator.
Huber earned a degree in agribusiness with a minor in international business from Washington State University in 2006. She worked as
Dave Henze has been appointed president of Holtzinger Fruit Company in Yakima, Washington, to succeed David Lawrence.
Henze has more than 18 years’ experience in the food business and was most recently in charge of sales
Tianna DuPont, extension educator with Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed by Washington State University to succeed Tim Smith as tree fruit extension specialist based in Wenatchee.
DuPont grew up near Issaquah, Washington, and earned a
Broetje Orchards of Washington State, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The fine is one of the largest ever levied against an
David Jackson of Family Tree Farms in Reedley, California, was re-elected chair of the board of the California Fresh Fruit Association for the 2015-2016 fiscal year during the association’s annual meeting in March.
Harold McClarty of
Nick Hammond, a Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon talks about why he is a cherry farmer and about working toward a pedestrian style orchard system.
I’ve had so many mentors... They’ve taught me about pruning, soil biology, bees, products, and applications, and there’s so much yet for me to learn.
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
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