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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  • Steven Thompson and Kris Fade, Young Grower from Mosier, Oregon

Steven Thompson and Kris Fade, Young Grower from Mosier, Oregon

  • January 28th, 2015

grower / Mosier, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington
age / Fade (30) and Thompson (42)
crops / wine grapes, cherries
business / Analemma Wines
other / The Oregon couple married after founding winery five years ago in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.

How did you start farming?
Steven: [...]

  • Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

  • January 20th, 2015

grower / Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
age / 20
crops / apples, peaches
business / Mt. Ridge Farms
other experience / Blake is a fifth-generation orchardist and participated in a one-year internship as a research assistant with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission in Washington in 2014.

What differences do you see [...]

  • Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

  • January 16th, 2015

Ron and Dianne Gillison, owners of Gillison’s Variety Fabrication, which designs and builds machinery for the fruit industry, were recognized as being the first allied industry in Michigan to make an in-kind contribution under the new Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

They are contributing an orchard sprayer—“of the design of their [...]

  • Staffing grows at Oregon Cherry Growers

Staffing grows at Oregon Cherry Growers

  • January 15th, 2015

In an effort to increase company growth, the Oregon Cherry Growers cooperative announced the hiring of two new managers focusing in marketing and sales in December. Don Bachouros will be the National Sales Manager covering ingredients and Matthew Gillespie will fill a new position as Director of Marketing.

In a [...]

  • Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

  • December 23rd, 2014

age / 26
crops / pears, apples, cherries, berries, peaches, nectarines
business / Cody Orchards and Farm Stand
other experience / Learning from her stepfather on the family farm

I’m a fourth generation fruit farmer. My father passed away. However, my stepdad has been fantastic letting me continue farming. I [...]

  • Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.

Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in [...]

  • WSU’s Tim Smith honored for 40 years of distinguished service

WSU’s Tim Smith honored for 40 years of distinguished service

  • December 4th, 2014

Washington State University extension specialist Tim Smith has received the inaugural Washington Tree Fruit Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the industry during his 40 years with Extension.

Three former WSU extension agents who worked alongside Smith—Dr. Mike Willett, Paul Tvergyak, and Brooke Peterson—presented the award during the [...]

  • Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.

But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic for the old days.

Thome, 82, has a thoroughly modern apple growing operation located on Fruit Ridge near Conklin seven miles north of Grand Rapids, [...]