A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.

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  • Land-grant pioneer

Land-grant pioneer

  • June 1st, 2012

At Michigan State University, “the pioneer land-grant university,” the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.

Some fear that the strongest land-grant feature—its agricultural character—will die out, buried by law schools, business schools, and medical schools doing cancer research.

As evidence, they can point [...]

Land-grant pride in Vermont

  • June 1st, 2012

Many land-grant university campuses have a ­landmark building called Morrill Hall. There are Morrill Halls in New York, Tennessee, Nebraska, ­Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and elsewhere.

But the one in which Thomas Vogelmann has his office is special. It’s the one on the campus of the University of [...]

  • Going without sulfites

Going without sulfites

  • May 1st, 2012

Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
Melissa Hansen

Greg Powers, winemaker for Washington State’s largest organic winery, didn’t initially make organic wines for Badger Mountain Vineyard winery, even though the grapes were from [...]

Finding a better way

  • May 1st, 2012

All of the vines at Badger Mountain Vineyard are trained to the Scott-Henry trellis system. Bill Powers says that the Scott-Henry is more labor intensive than other trellis systems but results in higher yields, making his 80-acre vineyard the equivalent of 100 acres.
Photo by Melissa Hansen

Long before organic [...]

  • Head of the class

Head of the class

  • May 1st, 2012

The Young Apple Leaders of 2012 are, back row left to right, Sarah Dressell, Sara Shanteau, Casey Collins, Adam Peters, Mark Boyer, Dave Gargasz, Jeff Armock, Mark Stennes, and Andy Ferguson; front row, Holly Rogers-Rios, Stephanie Shoemaker, Valerie Ramsburg, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Daniel Rock, Chris Willett, and Justin Finkler.
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  • Need a lawyer?

Need a lawyer?

  • May 1st, 2012

A group of Young Leaders listens to Don Kraemer, acting deputy director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, during the leadership luncheon.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Apple Association

Andy Ferguson is a 25-year-old fruit grower’s son, and next month, he’ll get his law degree. He wants [...]

  • Lone organic grower finds it tough

Lone organic grower finds it tough

  • May 1st, 2012

Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about a half mile apart. Luckily, infrastructure is good, as the landowner built good roads at his own expense.

Anthony Owens’s decision to go organic wasn’t popular with many of his fellow [...]

  • Eastern organic apples

Eastern organic apples

  • May 1st, 2012

Until now, Owens has worked with orchards established conventionally and converted to organic.

This year, Anthony Owens will start his second decade as a grower of organic apples. That’s likely a record for his location.

Back in 2001, Owens and a few other growers in Henderson County, North Carolina, decided to [...]

  • Eye-to-eye with consumers

Eye-to-eye with consumers

  • April 1st, 2012

The bin porch offers customers a wide choice, and they can buy any mixture at a fixed price for a full bag. On this day, there were 17 varieties of apples and pears for sale.
Richard Lehnert

What better way for a fruit grower to experience the true feel of [...]

  • Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

Last Bite–From refugee to cherry breeder

  • March 1st, 2012

Dr. Charles Lapins selected the Lapins cherry more than 40 years ago.

Charles Lapins came to North America as a farm laborer after World War II, not suspecting that his name would ultimately be known to cherry growers the world over.

Lapins, whose real name was Karlis O. Lapins, grew up [...]

  • Parallel PEAKS

Parallel PEAKS

  • March 1st, 2012

Orchardist John McQuaig hopes hisbook will help people hold onto their dreams and keep heading upward in their business pursuits.
Geraldine Warner

Entrepreneur, orchardist, and mountaineer John McQuaig dreamed for years of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

He finally reached the false summit, Gilman’s Point, at an elevation of 18,651 feet, [...]

  • New generation  finds marketing niche

New generation finds marketing niche

  • February 15th, 2012

Sidney, left, her father David, and Katy Lesser Clowney sort apples that have come back from the market unsold. They may go to Knouse Foods, the cider mill, or into the cull bin. Richard Lehnert Before joining the family business at Cashtown, Pennsylvania, Sidney Kuhn [...]