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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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Lutz returns to Washington’s apple industry

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Columbia Marketing International, a grower-shipper of apples, pears, and cherries in Wenatchee, Washington, recently hired marketing and produce industry veteran Steve Lutz as vice president of marketing. The position has been vacant since April when

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Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, passed away August 31

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Joe Sardinha, former president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, passed away August 31, the Penticton Herald reported.
The Summerland, B.C., orchardist served as president of the association from 2005 to 2011. He was 52. Sardinha

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Rabo AgriFinance grows Washington staff

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Rabo AgriFinance has added to its western and eastern Washington State financing team through the addition of two newly appointed senior relationship managers. Greg Loudon is senior relationship manager in central Washington; Jon Vander Kooy

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USDA’s Ramming inducted in Hall of Fame

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For 38 years, Dr. David Ramming was responsible for breeding new varieties of table and raisin grapes and stone fruit for commercial production. For his important contributions to industry, which resulted in some 40 new

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Citizen scientists needed to count stinkbugs

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The scientists working to conquer brown marmorated stinkbug are looking for homeowner volunteers in the Mid-Atlantic States to count stinkbugs.

They want these citizen scientists to count the number of stinkbugs they see on the exterior

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The Boyers of Chestnut Ridge

In Pennsylvania, almost all the apples grow in Adams County but 90 miles west, there’s a ridge—Chestnut Ridge—where fruit trees, mostly apples but also peaches, pears, and cherries

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Winery showcases estate fruit

Kerry Shiels began as Côte Bonneville’s winemaker in 2009, after getting her master’s from the University of California, Davis, and working harvests for five different wineries in California, Australia, and Argentina.

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Universities collaborate

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Kari Peter, the new plant pathologist at Penn State, will serve fruit growers in three states.
by Richard Lehnert

Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally

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Winery showcases estate fruit

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Hugh Shiels had one reason for expanding from wine grape grower to winery owner.

“I wanted to show what our vineyard was capable of doing,” he said, referring to his DuBrul Vineyard. “My goal as a

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Universities collaborate

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Three eastern universities have agreed to work together to coordinate their hiring of faculty members serving fruit growers.

Informally called the Mid-­Atlantic Fruit Consortium, it’s built on a memorandum of understanding among the agriculture colleges of

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Top Five pear research needs

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Although most pears are grown in traditional orchards, the same way they’ve been grown for many decades, there’s not a great momentum for change. Ray Schmitten, a pear grower in Cashmere, Washington, says that innovation

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Sixth generation in the Delta

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— by Kate Moser
If there was one thing that Matthew and Virginia Hemly knew in high school during the 1990s, it was that they weren’t going to stick around the orchards where they grew up.
“Been

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Pears: A grower’s advocate

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Pat Burnett, who has been a fruit grower, packer, and marketer in his career—and for many years simultaneously—has always been a champion of the small grower.

Burnett was manager of the Peshastin Hi-Up fruit growing and

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Task force to fine-tune merger proposal

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Members of a task force that is exploring the idea of merging four Washington tree fruit industry organizations hope to have a concept to present to producers before the end of the year.

The task force

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WSU to interview tree fruit physiologists

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Washington State University will interview three candidates in September for a new tree fruit physiology position based at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. The new researcher will focus on physiological mechanisms

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Apple Commission promotes Trovato

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Danelle Trovato, export assistant with the Washington Apple Commission for the past five years, will transition into the position of export trade specialist. She will succeed Chris Scott who left the commission at the end

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OSU celebrates 100 years of ag service at Hood River

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Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center celebrated its 100-year anniversary August 8 in Hood River, Oregon.

The celebration included a tour of the research plots and a dinner with Dr. Edward Ray, OSU

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Crunch Pak hires Sargent as CEO

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Scott Sargent has been appointed chief executive officer of Crunch Pak, a major sliced apple processor and marketer based in Cashmere, Washington.

Sargent was previously manager of supply chain purchasing for the 1,700-restaurant chain Chick-fil-A in

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Scott leaves Apple Commission

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Chris Scott, export trade specialist for the Washington Apple Commission for the past four years, left the commission on July 31 to take a position as general manager of NORPAC Industries, a frozen food processor

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Kestrel Wines finds value in old vines

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An old Cabernet Sauvignon vine at Kestrel View Estates Vineyard near Prosser.
Photo courtesy of Wine Yakima Valley

Vines planted 30 to 40 years ago are hard to find in Washington State, a relative newcomer to the

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A sense of place

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Clay Mackey says their Cabernet Franc vineyard survived the cold temperatures in late spring.
by Melissa Hansen

Clay Mackey and Kay Simon, the married partners of Chinook Wines, decided from the start that Yakima Valley would define

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The French connection

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At least a dozen orchardists along the Hudson River from New York City north to Albany are developing cideries—the apple cider equivalent of grape wineries.

They’ve developed the Hudson Valley Cider Alliance, are putting together a

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Wine industry matures

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Like many Yakima Valley wine grape growers, Dick Boushey was an apple grower first. His last apple block has been replanted to wine grapes, but he still has a Rainier cherry block.
by Melissa Hansen

A good

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Spotlight on Yakima Valley

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Wade Wolfe in the tasting room of his Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Washington.
Melissa Hansen

The thirtieth anniversary of Yakima Valley as an American Viticultural Area is an opportunity to inform consumers and trade groups  about

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Yakima Valley opened the AVA door

The idea to designate Yakima Valley as Washington State’s first American Viticultural Area came to Mike Wallace while he was visiting California’s wine country in the early 1980s, when northern California growers and vintners were carving out appellations and subappellations.

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Tougas Family Farm

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Mo Tougas asks a question of Oregon State University sweet cherry expert Lynn Long on an IFTA tour of his farm. The pruning demonstration was held in a persistent snow event that occasionally approached blizzard

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Summerland’s focus switches

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Summerland cherry breeder Dr. Cheryl Hampson’s objective is to develop cherries that are large, firm, and sweet, have good stems, and are productive.

For the past 50 years, the focus of the program has been on

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Stellar lineage

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The Pacific Northwest cherry industry is seeing the effects of a shift to self-fertile varieties in the form of higher and more consistent yields.
courtesy of PARC

The Pacific Northwest cherry industry is seeing the effects of

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Career comes to late fruition

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For more than two decades, Dr. Tom Toyama quietly got on with his work as stone fruit breeder at Washington State University.

Though no variety was released during his tenure from 1963 to 1985, his work

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Leading by example

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Servando Rodriguez manages the production of 400 acres of apples and cherries and 450 acres of wine grapes for Sagemoor Farms.
PHOTO BY MELISSA HANSEN

For an immigrant who ended his formal education at the age of

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Tip top cherry

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Kim and Troy Toftness with their children Brock and Brylee. Their Skylar Rae cherry brand is named after their first daughter who lived for only 49 days.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TOFTNESS FAMILY

Cherry growers Troy and

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Hudson Valley’s wholesalers

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Two of the largest wholesale operations on the International Fruit Tree Association tour in New York were Crist Brothers Orchards at Walden and Porpiglia Farms at Marlboro. Both have large acreages of fruit, mainly apples,

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Meet Washington State’s new agriculture director

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Bud Hover’s road to directorship of the Washington State Department of Agriculture began in 1938 when his mother and her family loaded their belongings on a truck and left North Dakota, headed west at 35

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An urgent plea for immigration reform

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Devout Christians will tell you God works in mysterious ways.

So, perhaps it was divine intervention that two teenagers from the Yakima Valley in Washington State happened to appear in court on the same day, the

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Students tackle tree fruit issues

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Two north central Washington high school students got their first lobbying experience when they participated in the annual Tree Fruit Day at the Washington State legislature in Olympia.

The two Cashmere High School students, Danielle Morrison

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Tree fruit program revived

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Although Leo Garcia is best known in the tree fruit industry for championing education programs for Hispanic workers, he’s also been dedicated to enhancing agricultural programs overall at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State.

He has

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Good Job

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IFTA presents awards
The International Fruit Tree Association gave recognition to fruit growers, researchers, and extension specialists during its annual meeting in Boston in February.

The Outstanding Industry Service Award went to Elwin “Stub” Hardy, a New

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An educator who teaches hope

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Leo Garcia has been honored for his dedication to helping ­Hispanic people in the tree fruit industry to reach their full potential through education.

Garcia, director of bilingual agricultural education programs at Wenatchee Valley College in

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Good job

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Cherry blossoms being protected by ice during an early April cold snap. ­­Cherry orchard owned by Andy and Sheila Slinkard, located near Basin City, Washington.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHEILA SLINKARD

Drip irrigation developer wins World Food Prize
Last

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Extension leader has ambitious goals

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Dr. Des Layne, Washington State University’s new and first tree fruit extension team leader, began work on February 1 with no modest ambition in mind.

“I am eager to help the WSU folks raise the profile

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National Organic Standards Board members

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Producers:

Carmela Beck, organic program manager, Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, Inc., Watsonville, California.
Colehour Bondera, owner, Kanalani Ohana Farm, Honaunau, Hawaii.
Dr. Wendy Fulwider, animal husbandry specialist for Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, La Farge, Wisconsin, which is the nation’s largest

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Who’s on the NOSB

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The National Organic Standards Board has 15 members who serve five-year terms, though the terms are not equally staggered.

The membership is comprised of four farmers, three environmentalists or resource conservationists, three consumer or public interest

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First Bite: Doing flip-flops

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As the incoming managing editor of Good Fruit Grower, each day I walk past a framed copy of the magazine’s first issue, published in April 1946. Decades before the Internet was to transform communications and

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Good Point: New kid on the block

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Steve Warner

In the worldwide winemaking community, Washington State’s wine industry is the 187-year-old new kid on the block.

Although our state’s first wine grapes were planted in 1825, we’re still considered a teenager in the global

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New managing editor hired for Good Fruit Grower

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Casey Corr

Casey Corr has a rich background in business journalism and print publications, and his broad range of skills should help him lead the Good Fruit Grower into a new era of electronic media while

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First Bite—Farewell

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Jim Black

I retire as managing editor as of February 1, having served Good Fruit Grower for over 20 years. Getting to know so many of you has been one of the most rewarding experiences of

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A Journey of Hope

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Ed
Ed Kershaw speaks with a slow, measured cadence, carefully choosing each word to make his point. He draws you in with a pause rather than volume or pitch. You listen. He can sell you anything,

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