Growers vote on special assessment

  • April 15th, 2011

Washington State tree fruit growers will be asked to pay a special research assessment to strengthen research and extension programs at Washington State University.

The university has launched a major fundraising campaign with a goal of raising a billion dollars overall to fund priority programs. Of the total, $42 million [...]

Root2Fruit group will request research funding

  • April 15th, 2011

A group of scientists from around the country aims to develop new tree fruit rootstocks for the tree fruit industry with the goal of increasing orchard profitability. The group, which calls itself Root2Fruit, plans to submit a proposal in 2012 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for funding through [...]

  • Clean plant center has new manager

Clean plant center has new manager

  • April 1st, 2011

James Susaimuthu inspects plant material in the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center’s greenhouse.

One of the goals of Dr. James Susaimuthu, new program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center, is to use his diagnostic skills to find ways to improve virus testing of plant material.

Susaimuthu, with a background [...]

Manager ready to tackle real problems

  • April 1st, 2011

Dr. James Susaimuthu, program manager of the Fruit Tree Clean Plant Center at Prosser, Washington, attended ­­college in India before coming to the United States and graduating with a doctorate in plant virology from the ­University of Arkansas.

In his role at the Fruit Tree Network, he sees opportunity to [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 15th, 2011

Allan Baugher wins Maryland hort award
The Maryland State Horticultural Society gave Allan Baugher of Westminster, Maryland, its Harry Black Distinguished Service Award during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in February. The Baugher family operates Baugher’s Farm Orchard Market.

The award was presented by his son [...]

Good Stuff

  • March 15th, 2011

Sweet success
A new series of scab-resistant apples called “Sweet Resistants” developed by the Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) in Italy was among the ten finalists for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award during the Fruit Logistica trade fair in February. The five varieties in the series are Gaia, Gemini, Renoir, [...]

New food safety law could swallow GAP programs

  • March 1st, 2011

When provisions of the new food safety law (the ­American Food Safety Modernization Act) are implemented, Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification ­programs should wither away, no longer needed.

But that’s not likely to happen soon, according to Phil Tocco, a Michigan State University Extension educator who advises fruit growers and [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • March 1st, 2011

Jim and Rose King, at left, and John and Betsy King, right, pose with their award and the National Cherry Queen Maria LaCross, who hails from a tart cherry farm close to King Orchards.

Very Cherry Promotion Award
The National Cherry Festival Committee has awarded the Very Cherry Promotion Award [...]

Good Job

  • February 15th, 2011

John Carter crowned king
The Dalles, Oregon, cherry grower John Carter was named 2010 Cherry King during the annual Cherry Institute meeting held in Yakima, Washington. Carter was the 67th king to be crowned by the institute.

Rick Derrey, who presented the award, said that Carter’s interest and involvement in [...]

No apple releases imminent

  • February 15th, 2011

Washington State University’s apple breeder, Dr. Kate Evans, is not recommending that the university release another variety for at least a year or two.

The breeding program’s first variety, WA 2, was released in 2009, went into widescale evaluation a year ago, and can now be planted commercially. The second [...]

Quick Bites

  • February 1st, 2011

Pear committee nominations
Nominations for positions on the Processed Pear Committee will be accepted during upcoming fruit industry meetings.

Nominations for an Oregon handler position held by Doug Lowry (with Rob Peterson first alternate and Gary Wells second alternate) will be taken during the Hood River Grower-Shipper Association’s annual meeting [...]

  • Stepping aside

Stepping aside

  • February 1st, 2011

Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively involved with than to list the ones he has chaired or served as an officer or board member.

In addition to serving as chair of [...]