Goodbye, Washington Growers Clearing House; hello, Tree Fruit Association

  • June 13th, 2014

Board members of the Washington Growers Clearing House will hold their last meeting of the association’s 73-year history in August.

In a mail ballot, its members overwhelmingly approved the board’s recommendation to dissolve the association and consolidate with other industry groups to form the new Washington Tree Fruit Association.  More [...]

  • Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

Washington Gov. Inslee kicks off 2014 cherry season

  • June 6th, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off the start of the 2014 cherry season at an appearance today with Rick Plath, president of Washington Fruit & Produce Co., at the company’s new cherry packing facility in Yakima, Washington.

Northwest cherry growers are expecting a large crop, the second biggest in history.

Plath [...]

  • WSU researcher wins educator award

WSU researcher wins educator award

  • May 16th, 2014

Washington State University researcher, soil scientist and teacher, John Reganold, was named the 2014 Food and Farm Educator by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute on May 14. Reganold is one of four 2014 Growing Green Award winners from the two groups that include [...]

  • Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

  • May 16th, 2014

The Auction of Washington Wines named Larry and Dick Olsen, and Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges as honorees for the 27th annual events this summer.

Larry and Dick Olsen are the auction’s 2014 Honorary Growers for their over 40 years as growers, establishing Olsen Brothers Vineyards in 1972, which now grows [...]

  • NW Cherry Growers expect 19.96m boxes this year, up 39 percent from 2013

NW Cherry Growers expect 19.96m boxes this year, up 39 percent from 2013

  • May 9th, 2014

Northwest Cherry Growers have issued their Round One estimate for this year’s cherry crop, and it’s bullish: up 39 percent from last year.

The Northwest Cherry Crop Estimate: Round #1 calls for 19.96 million 20-pound equivalent boxes, up from the previous year’s disappointing 14.3 million boxes. The group cautions that [...]

Quick Bites for April 15, 2014

  • April 15th, 2014

Apple Commission appoints officers

Barbara Walkenhauer of Selah succeeded David Douglas as chair of the Washington Apple Commission at the board’s annual meeting in March. Jon Alegria of Yakima was appointed vice chair. Walkenhauer and Alegria were reappointed to the board for three-year terms, along with Brian Sand of Orondo.

The [...]

  • Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

  • March 26th, 2014

Kirk Mayer, manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Festival Royalty Roslyn Thompson, Nikara Morgan, and Caroline Dahl presented Mayer with the award on Tuesday (March 25).

Mayer, a graduate of Cashmere High School, joined [...]

  • Bee expert to retire

Bee expert to retire

  • March 18th, 2014

The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years of work and support. He will retire in June.

Mussen was born in Schenectady, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the [...]

  • Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

  • March 14th, 2014

With the frost protection season looming, Washington fruit growers who have been left high and dry because of draw downs in sections of the Columbia River, need to assess what they need to do reach the water, says Bruce Grim, president of the Washington State Horticultural Association. It’s not [...]

Washington Apple Commission revises roles in handling market access issues

  • March 14th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission gave a nod of approval during its annual meeting in March to changes in how responsibilities for international market access issues are divided between the Northwest Horticultural Association and Northwest Fruit Exporters.

The original memorandum of understanding between the organizations, adopted in 1998, gave NFE responsibility [...]

  • Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

  • March 13th, 2014

The Washington State Fruit Commission is gearing up for a strong cherry crop in 2014. Though it’s too soon to estimate crop numbers, trees overwintered well and early indications point to a robust crop, which could be anywhere between 20 to 25 million boxes—if Mother Nature cooperates.

Last year’s crop [...]