Good to Go

  • May 1st, 2010

Italy orchard tour
Susan Pheasant and Mauricio Frías are offering an intensive technical tour of South Tyrol orchards in November to learn about high-density orchard systems, production practices, and specialized machinery for tree fruit. The tour will begin in Venice and include key visits in Bolzano, Ferrara, and Bologna. [...]

Good to Go

  • April 15th, 2010

Susan Pheasant of Wenatchee, Washington, and Mauricio Frías of Curicó, Chile, are organizing an ­intensive technical tour of sweet cherry orchards in the Pacific Northwest in June. The 11-day tour will begin on June 17 in Portland, Oregon, and continue to Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco, Yakima, Columbia Basin, [...]

Fumigation rules delayed

  • April 15th, 2010

New regulations on the use of agricultural fumigants, due to go into effect at the beginning of this year, have been delayed, possibly until the fall, says Mike Conway, general manager for Trident Ag Products in Woodland, Washington.       The proposed regulations are designed to reduce the risks of [...]

  • Grove to Receive Extension Award

Grove to Receive Extension Award

  • April 1st, 2010

Dr. Gary Grove, Washington State University plant pathologist, will receive the American Phytopathological Society’s Excellence in Extension Award during the society’s annual meeting in August.

The award recognizes an APS member who has made outstanding contributions or provided significant leadership in the area of Extension. Grove has statewide Extension responsibilities [...]

  • Chamberlain Leads Growers

Chamberlain Leads Growers

  • April 1st, 2010

Lynne Chamberlain was elected 2010 chair of the board of directors of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Chamberlain, the first woman to lead the organization’s board, is owner of Spofford Station Vineyards and JLC Winery of the Walla Walla Valley appellation.

Todd Newhouse of Outlook was elected vice [...]

Good Stuff

  • April 1st, 2010

Dream tractor?
The Mach 4 is an articulated reversible quad-track vehicle for specialized farming. Launched in Italy in 2008 as a “dream tractor,” it is now one of the leading models that Antonio Carraro produces. It is a universal vehicle designed to handle extreme working conditions on any kind [...]

Apple Matters –USApple launches program

  • April 1st, 2010

As I travel the country visiting apple growers and apple companies, one question keeps coming up: Who will be the next generation of apple leaders, the ones to lead the apple industry beyond the next decade?

USApple’s 2009 Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, held last August in Chicago, featured [...]

  • IFTA Board Adds New Members

IFTA Board Adds New Members

  • April 1st, 2010

Three new directors were elected to the board of the International Tree Fruit Association during IFTA’s 53rd annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March, and two board members were re-elected.

The new directors, each of whom will serve a three-year term, are:

Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University extension tree [...]

IFTA Makes Awards to Key People

  • April 1st, 2010

The International Fruit Tree Association gave awards during the winter conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in early March.

Phil Brown, owner of Phil Brown Welding, Conklin, Michigan, won the Industry Service Award for his 35 years of providing innovative machines for the fruit industry. His latest creation, a vacuum harvester [...]

  • Long wait for immigration reform

Long wait for immigration reform

  • February 15th, 2010

Every year, the Valicoff Fruit Company in the Yakima Valley dutifully sends off W-2 tax forms for its pickers. President Rob ­Valicoff says he requires legal identification from all his workers, but he knows IDs can be faked. Every year, his company expects some return mail from the Internal [...]

Good Point – Sharlau: Democracy isn’t dead in ag

  • February 1st, 2010

Government by the people seems to be alive and well in the agricultural community. And unless you’re a member of an organization with a lobbyist or a strong volunteer advocacy committee, you may not fully recognize the behind-the-scenes work done on your behalf.

Our Washington State legislature convenes every January, [...]

Good Point – Jim Allen

  • February 1st, 2010

The controversial Lou Dobbs was often labeled as an opinionated, biased, and outspoken television news anchor who had the stage to spread lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos. While many were outraged by his broadcast, his loyal ­listeners cheered his remarks. Dobbs quit CNN two months ago, [...]