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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  • Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

  • March 2nd, 2015

grower / Grandview, Washington
age / 24
crops / Apples, cherries and juice grapes
business / Fieldman for Apple King. Partner in family run Eddie Farms.
other experience / Graduated from the tree fruit program at Wenatchee Valley College.

How did you get your start?
After college, I worked for [...]

  • Awards presented at IFTA’s Nova Scotia conference

Awards presented at IFTA’s Nova Scotia conference

  • March 2nd, 2015

The International Tree Fruit Association named Charles Embree its 2015 Outstanding Researcher of the Year during its 58th annual conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last week.

Embree, recently retired, began working as a tree fruit specialist with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture in 1963. In 1982, he moved [...]

WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

  • February 27th, 2015

Washington Stat

e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.

The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position of Extension Specialist Tim Smith, who officially retired last August but continues to work [...]

  • WAWGG honors grape industry members

WAWGG honors grape industry members

  • February 17th, 2015

Several long-time industry members were honored for their decades of growing, industry involvement, and advancement of Washington State’s wine grape industry during the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.

Kevin Corliss, who’s spent his career working to improve, expand, and enhance the Washington wine grape industry, [...]

  • Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

grower / Alderdale, Washington
age / 36
crops / wine grapes
business / Austin Sharp Vineyards
other experience / After graduating from Washington State University, he joined the family cattle business and then switched to co-own and manage a vineyard with his father Rick and cousin Rob Mercer.

What was [...]

  • 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 [...]