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Daniel Bays, a Young Grower from Westley, California

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.

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McGrath to lead Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation

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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

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Washington Apple Commission hires export coordinator

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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

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Holtzinger Fruit Company hires Dave Henze as president

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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

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WSU appoints Penn State’s DuPont to succeed Smith

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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

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Gene Veliquette, 1947-2015

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Michigan’s cherry industry lost a visionary leader with the death of Gene Veliquette. The influential grower died June 7 in Traverse City. He was 67.

After buying his first farm in 1970 with his brother Norm

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Broetje Orchards to pay $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants

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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

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Evan Kruse, Young Grower from Roseburg, Oregon

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grower / Roseburg, Oregon
age / 34
crops /  Diversified farm with fruits and hay
business / Kruse Farms
other experience / Fourth generation grower who also manages a large farm market

How did the family farm start?
Our family ended

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California Fresh Fruit Association elects officers

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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

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Mathison joins 40 under 40

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West Mathison, president of Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Washington, has been named as one of Vance Publishing’s 2014 class of “40 Under 40” young leaders.

Experts predict that by 2050 the world population will rise from 7

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Nick Hammond, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 32
crops / Cherries
business / Foreman for Curtis Orchards
other experience / Works with bush-sized trees based on Australian system and central-leader and steep-leader systems.

How did you get your start?
I started

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Chelsea Durfey, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

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.

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Jack Edwin Jones: 1941-2015

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Jack Jones, grower and entrepreneur from Quincy, Washington, was known for doing things in a big way. He welcomed new challenges as he diversified from the family’s potato growing and packing operation to growing tree

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Michigan Association of Pomesters honor Klein

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Joe Klein Sr., owner of Royal J. Klein and Son Orchard of Sparta, Michigan, has been named Fruit Person of the Year by the Michigan Association of Pomesters.

Joe and Sharon Klein and their son Joe

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Brunner named Apple Citizen

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Dr. Jay Brunner, who has played a key role in the transition to softer pest management programs in tree fruits over the past three decades, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the

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McFerson applies for WSU director job

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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

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

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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

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Apple box label collection is packer's passion

Bob Price has one of the country’s largest collections of apple box labels.

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Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

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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

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Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

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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

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Apple specialist retires

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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

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Ballard retires from clean plant program

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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,

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Sean Tudor, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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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

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Packers join forces

Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit are building a new apple packing line.

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Marcus Morgan, Young Grower from The Dalles, Oregon

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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.

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Dick Bartram, 1920-2015

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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

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Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

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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

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Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

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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

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Leah Eddie, Young Grower from Grandview, Washington

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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

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Awards presented at IFTA’s Nova Scotia conference

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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

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WSU will add to tree fruit faculty

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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

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60 years in pears

Fred Valentine’s philosophy is that exchanging ideas benefits everyone.

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A vocal tree-fruit advocate

Fred Valentine has always had growers’ interests at heart.

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WAWGG honors grape industry members

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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

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Flavor reigns at Andy’s Orchard

Andy Mariani and his tree-ripened fruit have a cult-like following.

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Calvin Mercer, Young Grower from Alderdale, Washington

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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

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Stories are plentiful at Owen Roe

Irish-born winemaker helps share the story of Yakima Valley wines.

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

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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

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Blake Slaybaugh, Young Grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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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

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Gillisons make first in-kind donation to Michigan research fund

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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

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Staffing grows at Oregon Cherry Growers

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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

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Schmitten honored with Silver Pear Award

Ray Schmitten has had multiple roles in the tree fruit industry and represents pear growers in research matters.

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Robert L. Andrews, 1930 – 2014

Andrews credited for helping develop grape region.

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Lisa Perry, Young Grower from Odell, Oregon

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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.

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Changing of the guard at Summit

Wally Heuser’s nursery and variety management companies have new owners.

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Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

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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

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

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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

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Distinguished Service Award: Harold Thome

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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

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Latino Leadership Award 2014: José Ramirez

His philosophy has always been that you can’t wait for things to happen around you. You have to make them happen.

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2014 Silver Apple Award goes to Jerry Haak

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.

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