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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  • 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 [...]

  • Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

Cracked dam in WA causes scramble for water

  • March 14th, 2014

With the frost protection season looming, Washington fruit growers who have been left high and dry because of draw downs in sections of the Columbia River, need to assess what they need to do reach the water, says Bruce Grim, president of the Washington State Horticultural Association. It’s not [...]

Washington Apple Commission revises roles in handling market access issues

  • March 14th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission gave a nod of approval during its annual meeting in March to changes in how responsibilities for international market access issues are divided between the Northwest Horticultural Association and Northwest Fruit Exporters.

The original memorandum of understanding between the organizations, adopted in 1998, gave NFE responsibility [...]

  • Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

Commission: More MAP dollars mean cherries go farther

  • March 13th, 2014

The Washington State Fruit Commission is gearing up for a strong cherry crop in 2014. Though it’s too soon to estimate crop numbers, trees overwintered well and early indications point to a robust crop, which could be anywhere between 20 to 25 million boxes—if Mother Nature cooperates.

Last year’s crop [...]

  • 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 [...]