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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  • Retail is cool

Retail is cool

  • February 15th, 2012

Ben, 26, carries on the transition from growing fruit for processing to growing fruit for retail sales Richard Lehnert What Ben Wenk is building on has been a long time in the making.     His father, Dave, came back to the family business [...]

  • In The Box

In The Box

  • February 1st, 2012

Brothers Mark, Ted, David, and John Rice were named Good Fruit Growers of the Year for 2011. They are the seventh generation of the family to grow apples in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

More acclaim for the Rice family
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

I could not agree with you more in choosing [...]

  • Honoree is a survivor

Honoree is a survivor

  • February 1st, 2012

Rob Andrews, holding what was once a Merlot vine, said they wasted no time reworking their Merlot blocks, which were hit hardest by the November 2010 freeze. By October, suckers had already been retrained up to the wire.

In a normal year, trying to catch Rob Andrews in the thick [...]

Good Job

  • February 1st, 2012

Lewis receives Latino award
Karen Lewis, Washington State University tree fruit regional extension specialist, has been honored with the first annual Latino Leadership Award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

The award was established at the suggestion of retiring association president West Mathison to recognize Latino people working in the [...]

  • Outlook improves for N.C. growers

Outlook improves for N.C. growers

  • January 15th, 2012

It took some land leveling to make a place for the Apple Wedge packing house.
Richard Lehnert

The view from the high hill behind the packing shed at Apple Wedge Packing is worth climbing to see. Until two years ago, stunning views like that were one of the reasons owner [...]

  • In the box

In the box

  • January 15th, 2012

Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

For some in Washington State, the selection of the Rice family as the Good Fruit Grower magazine’s highest honor might come as a surprise in that they, first, are a fruit-­growing family outside of our state, and second, they do [...]

What changes will you make in 2012?

  • January 1st, 2012

Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new year has just begun, but already fears are surfacing about not finding enough workers for the next harvest.

Good Fruit Grower asked orchardists across the country about their work force plans [...]

  • Challenges lead to changes

Challenges lead to changes

  • January 1st, 2012

David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
Richard Lehnert

In recent years, Rice Fruit Company has responded to several challenges that have changed its ­operations significantly.

David Rice, the president and eldest of the four Rice brothers who now manage Rice Fruit ­Company, [...]

  • Quality fruit is Rice heritage

Quality fruit is Rice heritage

  • January 1st, 2012

Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than Honeycrisp but can sell at a similar price.
Richard Lehnert

Members of the Rice family are slow to return to the family ­business, says Mark Rice. They sometimes take long detours, [...]

  • The time is right

The time is right

  • January 1st, 2012

Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left are Rita Rice (married to Ben), Emily Rice-Townsend (daughter of David), Ted Rice, David Rice, Ben Rice (David’s son), John Rice, Mark Rice, Daniel Rice (son of Ted). John’s son [...]

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

  • January 1st, 2012

David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit Company, which is located in Pasco, Washington.

Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration from the ­University of Washington. He manages the field staff, and [...]

Committee nominations

  • January 1st, 2012

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry Marketing Committee
Nominations for three grower positions in District 1 will be held during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 19. Current [...]