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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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Dawn Drake is Michigan Pomesters’ Fruit Person of the Year

Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, has won the Michigan Pomesters’ Fruit Person of the Year Award.

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Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014

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Q:  Did you always want to be a farmer?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to get away from the farm life and go to the city. I wanted to wear suits and ties

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Fast track ends for Jerry Haak

Jerry Haak focused on growing fruit and helping others, not his pain.

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Widow goes it alone, yet not alone

Pear industry members step in to help Nancy Vaughn produce a quality crop.

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Washington State’s most southern vineyard

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One of Washington State’s southernmost vineyards, planted within a mile of the Columbia River near Dallesport by Don Graves, is also one of the older vineyards in the state.

Graves, 93, remembers first meeting Dr. Walter

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Naumes stays focused on pears

The Naumes family returns to its roots in Medford, after selling most of its California orchards.

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Boone Davis, Young Grower Jan. 15, 2014

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Q:  What attracted you to farming?

My great-grandfather was one of the early pear farmers in the upper valley. Everyone said he was crazy. That led to my father getting into farming. I started out going

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Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden

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Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers has announced the promotion of Danny Weeden, ten-year company veteran, to the role of executive vice president, general manager, and chief financial officer.

Weeden, who was the cooperative’s vice president and

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Jim Archer named 69th Cherry King

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Congratulations to Jim Archer, the 69th Cherry King selected by Northwest cherry growers at the annual Cherry Institute meeting in Yakima, WA. Jim was crowned Jan. 10 by B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers.

Jim gets

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NFE’s Archer retires

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After leading the Northwest Fruit Exporters for 20 years, Jim Archer retired at the end of 2013. Fred Scarlett replaced Archer in early January.

Today, NFE is responsible for managing cherry and apple export programs required

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Jim Koan; A man of principle

Jim Koan, Michigan organic apple pioneer, is honored by the state’s Horticultural Society.

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A common sense organic approach

Silver Apple Award winner Ray Fuller approaches organic production from a scientific point of view.

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Meet Chris Britton, USApple chair

Securing an adequate workforce is the organization’s number-one priority.

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Gabe Dahle, Young Grower Jan. 1, 2014

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Q:  What attracted you to farming?

I was raised on a farm. At first I didn’t want to come back, but I realized I knew a lot and was kind of good at it.

Q:  Looking ahead,

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Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors

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Silver Pear

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award

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Hort Association bestows honors

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December.

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Grower comments wanted

Consolidation task force seeks input.

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Colombini, the collaborator

California orchardist has helped bring Northwest and California cherry industries together.

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Learn by doing

Jeff Colombini has learned the hard way that not all growing techniques fit his conditions.

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Meet the 2013 Grower of the Year

California grower has an open door -- Jeff Colombini is always looking for a better way to grow fruit.

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Opportunities in olives

California's extra virgin olive oil renaissance is due in part to concern about future labor shortages.

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A passion for research

Jim McFerson is passionate about bringing the benefits of research and extension to the entire tree fruit industry

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Grower sees bright future

Apples and cherries fit well together for this California grower.

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Last Bite: What are they talking about?

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1 “Our biggest fear was jettisoning good fruit.”  —Paul Koch
a. Overzealous inspector
b. In-field sorting
c. Nondestructive fruit quality
detector
d. Ozone generator

2 “The gee-whiz factor runs cold pretty quickly.”  —Sanjiv Singh
a. Autonomous vehicle
b. Robotic harvesting
c. Granny Smith
d. Yield scout

3 “The key was keeping it very simple

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In My View: A journalist returns to farming

Kate Moser is a former newspaper journalist who decided to return to and run the family farm. In this essay, she tells why.

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Fernandez and Mullinax join Good Fruit Grower

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Yakima, WA — Maria Fernandez and T.J. Mullinax have joined Good Fruit Grower magazine as Circulation Manager and Digital Producer, respectively, Managing Editor Casey Corr announced today.

Based in Yakima, Washington, Good Fruit Grower is the

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In The Box

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Apple cruncher
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

Chloe is the daughter of my daughter, Andrea, and her husband, Kyle Underwood. Their little family of three is currently living with me and my wife, Kathy. This is a true

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Pat Hagood, 1924–2013

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Journalist Helen Patricia Hagood, who wrote for Good Fruit Grower during the 1970s, died in Springfield, Oregon, on September 13. She was 89.

Hagood was born in Dixonville, Oregon. After graduating from Roseburg High School, she

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Joe Sardinha unified the B.C. tree fruit industry

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British Columbia orchardist Joe Sardinha will be remembered for his efforts to unify the tree fruit industry both within the province and across Canada.

Sardinha, president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association from 2005 to

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First Bite: A new, digital chapter

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Welcome to the Good Fruit Grower issue themed on technology. On that topic, I’d like update readers on how we’re using digital tools to serve growers better.

Good Fruit Grower began in print in 1946. The

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Nominate a wine legend

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The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington, is inviting nominations for the 2014 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

Candidates should have made contributions and commitments to the Washington wine industry and

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Produce shipper recognized for community support

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Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc., a fresh fruit and vegetable shipper based in Walla Walla, Washington, was one of five companies that recently received a Medallion Award from the Washington Secretary of State in recognition of

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Benbrook appointed to Organic Center's new board

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Dr. Chuck Benbrook, an agricultural economist with Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been appointed to the Organic Center’s new 24-member Science Advisory Board. He is the only one

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Underwood retires after 45 years

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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

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Russian retailers see Washington harvest

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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

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From Bologna to Wenatchee

Grower support was key in Stefano Musacchi’s decision to move to Washington State.

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Preparing for change

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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

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David Mas Masumoto to address Tilth meeting

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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

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Fall events scheduled at the Clore Center

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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

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Video: Governor attends Wine Science Center groundbreaking

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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

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