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Retirements reduce Cornell’s tall spindle apple team

Stephen Hoying, Alison DeMarree both joined program in 1982.

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From Paris to pears

Once a top Dior sales rep, Gordy Sato tops the pools with his pears.

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Kevin & Mark Stennes, Young Growers from Pateros, Washington

Stennes twins talk about growing organics tree fruit operation.

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First Bite: Meet the new guy

Jared Johnson joins Good Fruit Grower

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B-be-bee beard photo wins ag communications award

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University of California communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey won the top feature award from the international Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences with this photo of visiting scientist

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Cleveringa joins Research Commission

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Jeff Cleveringa, head of research and development for Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, Washington, has been appointed to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s board of directors to represent the Washington Apple Commission.

He succeeds

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David Alvarez, Young Grower from Prosser, Washington

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age / 28
crops / Organic cherries and apples
title / Farm manager
business / Adolfo Alvarez Farm David works with his father, Adolfo, and his uncles.
education / Graduated from Prosser High School and learned from his family

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UC hires apiculturist

Industry People in the news

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Carter retires from Hort Council

Industry people in the news

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Jon DeVaney will head new tree fruit association

Maintaining services for growers will be a priority after merger of four tree fruit organizations.

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Summing up a career

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Dr. Scott Johnson worked for 31 years as an extension specialist for the University of California, Davis. He was based at the Kearney Agricultural Center, a research station in the heart of San Joaquin Valley’s

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Nancy Born takes off her Good Fruit Grower hat after 30 years of service

First Bite: Nancy Born takes off her Good Fruit Grower hat.

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Peter Martini, Young Grower from Escalon, California

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age / 37
crops / Peaches and almonds
title / Farm manager
business / Martini Farms, LLC. Peter is a third-generation farmer taking over the business from his parents. Peter’s grandparents started farming in Escalon after immigrating from

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Stone fruit farm stay

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Mike and Nori Naylor educate urban folks about agriculture and stone fruit one family at a time. At their farm stay, located in the heart of California’s stone fruit growing region, guests can pick their

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Organic Pioneer

Mike Naylor has grown organic stone fruit for 30 years.

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New board member joins Washington Wine Industry Foundation

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Sherri Swingle joins the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors. Swingle, who was the executive director of the Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, brings marketing, event and fundraising experience to the WWIF board. She is

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Bill Schultz, Young Grower from Mattawan, Michigan

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age / 32
crops / apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, asparagus, and sweet corn
business / Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Inc. Bill works along with his parents and three siblings.
education / Learned from family on the farm along with

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Washington vineyards, orchards change hands

Sagemoor’s cherries, apples, plus well-established wine grapes attract new owners.

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Curtis Roy, Young Grower from Moxee, Washington

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age / 24
crops / manages cherry and apple orchards
business / Roy Farms. Curtis is part of the fifth generation working the family farm.
education / BS in Agriculture Economics at Washington State University

Q: What was your

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WSU researcher wins educator award

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Washington State University researcher, soil scientist and teacher, John Reganold, was named the 2014 Food and Farm Educator by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Berkeley Food Institute on May 14. Reganold is

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Honorees announced for Washington Wine auction

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The Auction of Washington Wines named Larry and Dick Olsen, and Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges as honorees for the 27th annual events this summer.

Larry and Dick Olsen are the auction’s 2014 Honorary Growers for their

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Potato chips and fine wines

Tim’s famous Northwest snack helped establish this Walla Walla winery.

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Kevin VerSnyder, Young Grower from Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Michagan grower talks about holding down a full-time job while operating his orchard.

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Steve Black joins Holtzinger

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Steve Black has been appointed sales manager of Holtzinger Fruit Company, Yakima, Washington. He was previously on the sales desk at Sage Fruit Company, Yakima, for eight years.

Black’s grandparents had a small orchard in the

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Uncertain future for Meyer Orchards

Ron Meyer, nearing retirement and without a transition plan, sees a murky future for his pear orchard.

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Kate Moser, Young Grower from Walnut Grove, California

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age / 33
crops / wine grapes, 200 acres in apples, 100 acres pears,
business / Darsie, Hutchinson & Pettigrew, Inc.
education / English and journalism focus
other experience / Learning from father and and ranch foreman Alfonso Casillas

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In the Box

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Puffer research
Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I am a University of California pomology farm advisor and have worked in the pear industry for going on 26 years. I read the article on WSU mating disruption research in the

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Sean & Joe Naumes, Young Growers from Medford Oregon

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growers / Medford, Oregon

(Sean, left) age / 24
crops / Pears and vineyard
education / Santa Clara University
title / Operations and production assistant

(Joe, right) age / 24
crops / Pears
education / University of Advanced Technology in Arizona
title /

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Nursery is going out strong

Family operated Columbia Basin Nursery is selling its last trees.

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Cherry marketer finds his niche

Jesus Aguilar helps growers add value to their crops.

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Tim Smith, the growers’ ally

Tim Smith always worked with the growers’ interests in mind.

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Growers benefit from Smith’s work

Tim Smith’s research has put money back in growers’ pockets.

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Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

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Ryan Swanson/ grower / Centreville, Nova Scotia, Canada

age / 37

crops / More than 130 acres of apples

business / Eisses Farms, Ltd.

education / Mount Royal University, Calgary

other experience / Learning from father and brother-in-law about the

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Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

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Kirk Mayer, manager of the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, has been named Apple Citizen of the Year by the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Festival Royalty Roslyn Thompson, Nikara Morgan, and Caroline Dahl presented Mayer

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Pear grower Laura Naumes blazes a trail

Laura Naumes is the first woman to chair the Pear Bureau Northwest.

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Inspiration Awards presented to Yakima area farm families

Four couples from Mexico were honored by the Center for Latino Farmers in Yakima

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Bee expert to retire

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The California State Beekeepers Association has presented a special recognition award to Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist with University of California, Davis, for 38 years of work and support. He will retire in June.

Mussen was

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Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

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Bryan Mrachek / grower / Malaga, Washington

age / 27

family farm / Lucky Bohemian Farms, which is owned by Laura and Mike Mrachek, Bryan’s parents

crops / Cherries, apples, wine grapes and blueberries

title / Farm Manager

other experience /

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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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Former grain grower tackles tree fruits

A Midwest farmer has improved an older orchard by focusing on the soil and tree nutrition.

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David Geen named Outstanding Grower by IFTA

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KELOWNA, B.C. — British Columbia orchardist David Geen was named Outstanding Grower of the Year by the International Fruit Tree Association at its annual meeting here this week.

Geen owns Coral Beach Farms, near Kelowna, B.C.,

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Washington’s easternmost vineyard

Basalt Cellars is reviving the once-thriving wine region in Clarkston, Washington.

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Sarah Adams, Young Grower, Feb. 15, 2014

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Sarah Adams / grower / Delhi, California

age / 31

business / Warda Farms

family farm / Susan Warda, mom, and sisters Kristin Bulk, Michelle Dwight

crops / Cling peaches, almonds, custom almond harvesting

title / Managing partner

Q: What was

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Pear research never ending

Oregon State University researcher is retiring in May after studying pear diseases for more than 35 years.

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Cherry Marketing Institute turns 25

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Phil Korson was having a problem filling the program for the annual Cherry Marketing Institute luncheon—because he was part of the program, a secret part he didn’t know about. He was the gap in the

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Cherry Person of the Year

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The Cherry Marketing Institute also recognized Randy Willmeng, a cherry grower from Lawton, who farms with his wife, Linda, and son, Marc, who represents the fifth generation on the family farm. Randy has owned it

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Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Grower; Cider winners

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The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania named Reed Soergel its ­Outstanding Fruit Grower of 2013.

Sixteen Soergel family members are involved in growing and marketing fruits, vegetables, value-added products, including Amish furniture, apple cider and apple

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Bob Black honored for distinguished service

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Maryland fruit grower Robert Black received the Harry Black Distinguished Service Award from the state’s horticultural association for his performance as industry spokesperson after the brown marmorated stinkbug invasion in 2010.

The award, interestingly, is named

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Batcha heads organic group

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Laura Batcha has been named CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association, a North American membership-based trade association representing the organic food industry. Its members range from farmers and ranchers to handlers to

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Grape growers recognize industry leaders

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers recognized Rick Hamman for his viticultural skills and presented him with its Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year Award. Hamman has assisted Washington grape growers since 1999 when he left Colorado State University as extension viticulturist to join Hogue Cellars in Prosser.

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