• Underwood retires after 45 years

Underwood retires after 45 years

  • October 28th, 2013

Chuck Underwood, domestic sales representative for Columbia Marketing International LLC, recently retired after 45 years of service to the produce industry.

Underwood’s career in the produce world began in the late 1960s at the Washington Growers Clearing House in Wenatchee. He then worked for Nuchief Sales, now known as Honey [...]

  • Russian retailers see Washington harvest

Russian retailers see Washington harvest

  • October 25th, 2013

Produce buyers from five Russian retail chains, who came to Washington State this week to learn about the tree fruit industry, said they were impressed by the technology in orchards and packing houses, as well as by the openness of the people.

This was the first trip to the United [...]

  • Preparing for change

Preparing for change

  • October 18th, 2013

When Dr. Stefano Musacchi arrived in Washington State in August, he knew the expectations were high.

Musacchi, a world-renowned pomologist from Italy, was appointed to a new position at Washington State University created with funding from a special grower assessment to enhance tree fruit research.

Musacchi arrived with plenty of ideas [...]

David Mas Masumoto to address Tilth meeting

  • October 4th, 2013

Fourth-generation California farmer David Mas Masumoto and his daughter Nikiko will be keynote speakers at the annual conference of Tilth Producers of Washington at the Yakima Convention Center, November 8–10. Masumoto is an organic peach and grape grower and author of the 1995 book Epitaph for a Peach. [...]

  • Fall events scheduled at the Clore Center

Fall events scheduled at the Clore Center

  • October 4th, 2013

Two events scheduled in November at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will help raise funds for the educational center being built in Prosser, Washington.

Biker Rally Raffle Party, November 1 -  Halloween fun will continue during the Biker Rally Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come dressed [...]

  • Video: Governor attends Wine Science Center groundbreaking

Video: Governor attends Wine Science Center groundbreaking

  • September 27th, 2013

The groundbreaking of Washington State University’s Wine Science Center on September 26 is as much about the wine industry’s future as it is a new facility. The new Wine Science Center, being built at WSU Tri-Cities, helps fulfill the state wine industry’s vision of becoming a world-class wine region.

 

The [...]

  • Lutz returns to Washington’s apple industry

Lutz returns to Washington’s apple industry

  • September 23rd, 2013

Columbia Marketing International, a grower-shipper of apples, pears, and cherries in Wenatchee, Washington, recently hired marketing and produce industry veteran Steve Lutz as vice president of marketing. The position has been vacant since April when Bob Mast was promoted to President of CMI.

Lutz, born and raised in Wenatchee, was [...]

  • Rabo AgriFinance grows Washington staff

Rabo AgriFinance grows Washington staff

  • September 11th, 2013

Rabo AgriFinance has added to its western and eastern Washington State financing team through the addition of two newly appointed senior relationship managers. Greg Loudon is senior relationship manager in central Washington; Jon Vander Kooy is manager in western Washington.
Loudon comes to Rabo AgriFinance with 13 years of [...]

  • USDA’s Ramming inducted in Hall of Fame

USDA’s Ramming inducted in Hall of Fame

  • September 11th, 2013

For 38 years, Dr. David Ramming was responsible for breeding new varieties of table and raisin grapes and stone fruit for commercial production. For his important contributions to industry, which resulted in some 40 new fruit varieties, Ramming was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hall of Fame [...]

  • Citizen scientists needed to count stinkbugs

Citizen scientists needed to count stinkbugs

  • September 10th, 2013

The scientists working to conquer brown marmorated stinkbug are looking for homeowner volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic States to count stinkbugs.

They want these citizen scientists to count the number of stinkbugs they see on the exterior of their homes once a day every day from September 15 to October 15.

Tracy [...]

  • Universities collaborate

Universities collaborate

  • September 1st, 2013

Kari Peter, the new plant pathologist at Penn State, will serve fruit growers in three states.
by Richard Lehnert

Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally called the Mid-­Atlantic Fruit Consortium, it’s built on a memorandum of understanding among [...]

  • Universities collaborate

Universities collaborate

  • September 1st, 2013

Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally called the Mid-­Atlantic Fruit Consortium, it’s built on a memorandum of understanding among the agriculture colleges of Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, and West Virginia University.

“It is a productive way [...]