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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  • Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

  • December 9th, 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, [...]

  • 2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

  • November 28th, 2014
Jerry Haak had a passion for growing fruit and finding better ways to do it. He used cutting-edge techniques not only to increase his yields, but to produce higher quality fruit and use labor more efficiently.
  • New tree fruit association will expand services

New tree fruit association will expand services

  • November 28th, 2014
The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.
  • Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

  • November 27th, 2014
During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.
  • Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

  • November 26th, 2014

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009. We went from having [...]

  • Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

Daniel Symms, 1961-2014

  • November 16th, 2014

Daniel Thomas Symms, great-grandson of the founder of Symms Fruit Ranch in Caldwell, Idaho, died from cancer on October 7. He was 52.

Symms grew up on the Symms Fruit Ranch until his father, Steven Symms, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972. His father served four terms in [...]

  • Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

Alex Chinchiolo, Young Grower from Ripon, California

  • November 1st, 2014

age / 28
crops / Apples, cherries
title / Partner, farm manager
business / River Bend Orchards
education / Degree in fruit science, California Polytechnic State University

Q:  What was your path to farming?
I think it was from all the days riding in the truck with my dad in [...]

  • John Daniel Gebbers, 1930 – 2014

John Daniel Gebbers, 1930 – 2014

  • October 31st, 2014

 

John “Danny” Gebbers, 84, patriarch of the Gebbers family that has been growing apples near Brewster for more than 100 years, died October 21 of complications from a fall last summer during the region’s forest fires.

Gebbers Farms, with more than 5,000 acres of tree fruit, is one of the [...]