• Service is an education

Service is an education

  • January 1st, 2010

im and Rena Doornink of Parker, Washington, have been named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2009 by Good Fruit Grower magazine.

The award is made annually to a grower or family who is innovative and inspiring, focuses on growing quality fruit, and contributes to the tree fruit industry [...]

  • IFTA returns to its beginnings

IFTA returns to its beginnings

  • January 1st, 2010

The IFTA annual conference will include field visits of different orchard training systems, such as these Gala apples grown on a tall spindle.

Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University

Welcome home to where it all began!

The 53rd annual International Fruit Tree Association meeting and pre- and postconference workshop and tours will be [...]

  • Weather affects grape crops

Weather affects grape crops

  • January 1st, 2010

These Concord grapes near Quincy, Washington, were hit by the early October freeze and left unharvested.

Weather adversely affected the 2009 juice and wine grape crops coast to coast. Agricultural economist Trent Ball told Washington State Grape Society members recently that an October freezeone of the earliest on recordimpacted grape [...]

  • Farmworker housing loans funded

Farmworker housing loans funded

  • January 1st, 2010

An example of farmworker housing that was built with a loan from Washington State’s Farmworker Housing Infrastructure Program.

The popular zero- and low-interest loan program for growers developing or restoring on-farm housing for seasonal farmworkers survived recent state budget cuts and has $3.5 million available for loans, according to the [...]

Cherry Institute looks to the future

  • December 1st, 2009

As the Pacific Northwest sweet cherry industry moves toward larger crops in the future, it will take the industry working together to achieve success, says the president of Northwest Cherry Growers. The Cherry Institute, scheduled for January 15 at the Convention Center in Yakima, Washington, aims to bring all [...]

Great Lakes fruit sessions

  • November 1st, 2009

More than a dozen educational sessions for tree fruit and grape growers will be offered during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo to be held December 810 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The expo includes a large trade show with over 300 companies exhibiting their products and [...]

Cultivating resiliency

  • November 1st, 2009

Resiliency is the ability to see opportunity in what some people might view as a negative experience.

Dr. Glen Fahs of the Cascade Employers Association, based in Salem, Oregon, will talk about resiliency when he presents the 30th annual Batjer memorial address during the opening day of the Washington State [...]

Industry veteran is new CEO

  • November 1st, 2009

With more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of the tree fruit industry, Keith Mathews became CEO in October for the new marketing firm, FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.

Mathews was executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association for the past two years, and for five years in the [...]

Good Job – November

  • November 1st, 2009

Mathews CEO at FirstFruits
Keith Mathews, former executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association, is the new CEO at FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, a new marketing firm in Yakima that opened for business in August.

Mathews began work at FirstFruits October 1 and will be responsible for strategically recruiting [...]

Quick Bites – November

  • November 1st, 2009

Teeple chairs USApple
John Teeple of Teeple Farms, Inc., Wolcott, New York, chairs the U.S. Apple Association for 2009-2010. He succeeds Bruce Grim, Entiat, Washington.

Teeple, a third-generation grower, grows more than 15 varieties of apples on his 400 acres of orchard in upstate New York. He’s a member of [...]

  • WSU releases its first apple variety

WSU releases its first apple variety

  • October 1st, 2009

Retired WSU apple breeder Dr. Bruce Barritt checks another promising selection in an evaluation plot in a commercial orchard.
Washington State University has granted an exclusive license for its first apple variety to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, which plans to make it available to any Washington State [...]

  • Center back on track

Center back on track

  • September 1st, 2009

The Port of Benton located the site for the Clore Center and has a long-term lease with the center’s board.

Since the founding directors kicked off a fundraising ­campaign for the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in 2003, the project has seen three executive directors, asked for some $3.5 [...]