Learn how to get paid

  • January 1st, 2011

Increasing numbers of growers are reporting difficulty in getting paid for their grapes, a result of the trickle effect that the down economy has had on the farm. To help growers improve their chances of payment, a series of “Getting Paid” seminars is planned in ­Washington State.

The first “Getting [...]

Smaller Washington grape crop in 2010

  • January 1st, 2011

A steady trend in juice grape acreage and reduced overall inventory of grape juice should lead to similar—or slightly higher—cash prices for the coming year, predicts agricultural economist Trent Ball. But he warns of big crops for ­Washington and New York in the coming year.

Ball, coordinator of Yakima Valley [...]

Pear Bureau to work closer with sales desks

  • January 1st, 2011

A pear industry task force is recommending that the Pear Bureau Northwest and pear shippers and marketers work more closely together when setting up retail promotions on the domestic market.

The task force was established early in 2010, following a Pear Bureau strategic planning meeting, to review the way the [...]

  • New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

New owner at Lamont Fruit Farm

  • December 1st, 2010

Rod Farrow, who has worked for and with George Lamont for 30 years, took complete ownership of Lamont Fruit Farm last summer.

Complete ownership of Lamont Fruit Farm in Albion, New York, passed last summer from George Lamont, a sixth-generation fruit grower and well-known apple industry leader, to his long-time [...]

Fruit survey coming up

  • December 1st, 2010

Starting in December, Washington State tree fruit and grape growers will be asked for information on their acreage, varieties, and rootstocks for an industrywide survey that will be compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The last grape and tree fruit acreage survey was published in 2006. Dan Kelly, assistant [...]

  • WSU seeks to fund priority programs

WSU seeks to fund priority programs

  • December 1st, 2010

Dr. Jay Brunner

Washington State University will officially announce a major fundraising campaign this month to fund priority programs.

The university aims to raise a billion dollars over a five-year period, and already raised a significant amount before moving the campaign into the public phase. About 25 percent of the target [...]

Wine science center campaign begins

  • December 1st, 2010

A Washington State University wine science center could be near reality within two years. A fundraising campaign to raise private and public funds to build the center at WSU’s Tri-Cities branch has already garnered significant donations.

Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program, said that wine industry [...]

Good Job

  • October 1st, 2010

Oregon State University hires research assistant
Preston Brown has been appointed research assistant at OSU’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Hood River. He will assist Dr. Peter Shearer, superintendent of the center, with lab and field studies on the biology, ecology, and management of insect and mite [...]

WSU releases second new apple, called WA 5

  • October 1st, 2010

Just a year after the release of WA 2, WSU’s apple breeding program in Wenatchee is releasing its second new cultivar, WA 5. WA 5 is sufficiently different from WA 2 in ripening season, appearance, and eating quality to justify its release.

With a bright orange-red stripe covering 60 to [...]

Good Job

  • September 1st, 2010

Scharlau joins grape board
Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, has been elected to the board of the National Grape Clean Plant Network to succeed Tedd Wildman, owner of Stone Tree Vineyard near Mattawa, Washington.

The National Clean Plant Network was created by the [...]

  • Farmworker housing opens in Othello

Farmworker housing opens in Othello

  • August 1st, 2010

The Othello Housing Authority’s new Lugar Seguro (Safe Place) housing development has 19 units designed to accommodate 96 farm­workers and family members. Each unit has two or three bedrooms, a bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. The development has an on-site ­manager.

The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing, in Yakima, [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • August 1st, 2010

Owners change at Burrows Tractor
John Riel, who joined Burrows Tractor Company in Yakima, Washington, 32 years ago as a general helper, has bought the company.

Riel started work there after graduating from high school. He became a mechanic in the service department, was promoted to service manager, and transitioned [...]