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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  • Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

Ryan Swanson, Young Grower from Nova Scotia

  • March 27th, 2014

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 farm,
religious studies, and global traveler

title / Farm Manager

Q:  What was your path to [...]

  • Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

Mayer named Apple Citizen of the Year

  • March 26th, 2014

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 with the award on Tuesday (March 25).

Mayer, a graduate of Cashmere High School, joined [...]

  • Bee expert to retire

Bee expert to retire

  • March 18th, 2014

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 born in Schenectady, New York, and received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from the [...]

  • Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

Bryan Mrachek, Young Grower, March 1, 2014

  • March 6th, 2014

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 / Viticulture technician with Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Q: What are some of your goals?
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  • David Geen named Outstanding Grower by IFTA

David Geen named Outstanding Grower by IFTA

  • February 26th, 2014

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., where he has 400 acres of cherries, making him the biggest cherry grower in [...]

  • Sarah Adams, Young Grower, Feb. 15, 2014

Sarah Adams, Young Grower, Feb. 15, 2014

  • February 19th, 2014

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 your path into farming?
Growing up, I worked on our farm in the peaches [...]