• 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 – 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, [...]

Good Point – Robin Pollard

  • February 1st, 2010

Washington State’s wine community is gathering in Kennewick early this month to discuss a range of industry topics: from pest management and ­composting to label compliance and marketing. Alongside the seminars, there will be plenty of ­conversation about the economic challenges of the past year. Sales for many wineries [...]

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, [...]

  • Vineland seeks self-sufficiency

Vineland seeks self-sufficiency

  • January 1st, 2010

Paul Truscott, business development manager at the Vineland research station in Ontario, Canada.

Research is costly with little chance of a direct, let alone immediate, payoff. Just ask fruit breeders, who can labor for years testing new varieties designed to meet evolving consumer tastes and emerging environmental pressures. But a [...]

  • 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 [...]