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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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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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The Top 5

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Is yours a family-first business or a business-first family?

Iowa farmer and author Jolene Brown explained the difference when she spoke at the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting last December. A family-first business tends to

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Ladders on the run

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Photos courtesy of John Maher

It was the “elegant, gorgeous shape” of wooden orchard ladders that first struck artist John Maher.

As the concept took shape in his mind, he thought about Christo’s Running Fence art installation

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End of the line

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Growers Credit Corporation board members and staff leave their last board meeting. Pictured are (from left) Bob Petersen of Manson, Gary Roberts of Oroville, former manager Steve Joy, office manager Nancy Baker, Roger Hodgson of

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Hort awards and recognition

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The following fruit industry members were honored during the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting in December.
Silver Apple
George Allan, a partner at the fruit growing and packing operation Allan Brothers in Naches, Washington, received the

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Maia’s special advisor

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While not associated with the Midwest Apple Improvement Association as its apple breeder, Ohio State University’s Dr. Diane Doud Miller has credentials as an apple geneticist and researcher with a special interest in working with

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Packer finds his niche

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With more than 40 percent of his acreage in the New Zealand apple varieties Pacific Rose and Jazz, Scott Smith admits he’s taken a big gamble. But planting new varieties has been his strategy for

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Cherry co-op names new president
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc., a member -owned fruit cooper­ative, named Timothy Ramsey as its new president and chief executive officer. Ramsey, with experience leading companies and launching new products, was most

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Newest AVA

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Cameron Fries of White Heron Cellars was one of several who worked to create the new Ancient Lakes AVA.
Photo courtesy of White Heron Cellars

When the first wine grapes were planted in Washington State’s newest American

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Not your typical nursery

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Markus Freepons of Northwest Vinifera, showed his grape callusing pits during a field day held last August sponsored by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Photo by Melissa Hansen

Marcus Freepons, owner of the grape nursery

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Worried about labor

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Steve Hunt, the incoming president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, grows only one kind of fruit—blueberries—about 110 acres worth.

He’s been doing it for 32 years, starting work on a grower’s farm when he was

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Borton Fruit turns 100

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Members of the Borton family currently involved in the business are (left to right): Andy Birley (fourth generation), Katie (Borton) Birley (fourth), John Borton (third), Richard Borton (second), Eric Borton (fourth), Bill Borton (third), Byron

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Transition brings uncertainty

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Kevin Moore
Courtesy of University of Missouri, Columbia

In a family farm business, there’s often the hope or expectation that the next generation will return to work on the farm. But young people who are thinking of

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The no-family dilemma

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You’ve invested your life in building a vineyard, winery, or other agricultural enterprise, producing a high-quality product with a topnotch reputation. For some, the business can be left to children to continue the family legacy.

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Tips for succession planning

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Bob Betz and Steve Griessel offer these suggestions to growers, winemakers, and others involved in agriculture interested in developing a succession plan:
1. Plan ahead.
• Allow several years to develop succession plan.
• Get your financial house

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Information is key

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As incoming president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, Jeff Cleveringa hopes to strengthen the association’s role in keeping growers informed.

For over a century, the association has held its annual meeting each December to apprise

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Students follow grapes from berry to bottle

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During the second week of class, having had just two lectures to learn about safety and sanitation, Trent Ball’s students were already gaining practical experience, crushing Syrah and pressing Rousanne grapes from Washington State’s Horse

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Good Stuff

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New Zealand’s Tow and Blow
Tow and Blow is a portable wind machine developed in New Zealand by engineer Kim McAulay. He used to import wind machines from the United States but designed his own portable

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Des Layne joins WSU

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Washington State University has appointed Dr. Desmond Layne, a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, to the new position of tree fruit extension team leader. He will start his new job on February 1.

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New director

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Soil Scientist Dr. Rich Koenig has been appointed associate dean and director of Washington State University Extension. He was formerly chair of WSU’s department of crop and soil sciences.

He succeeds Dr. Randy Baldree who served

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Growing great learners

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Washington Fruit and Produce Company, one of Washington’s top tree fruit producers, is seeing success in a new type of cultivation: helping the young children of some of its employees be better prepared to succeed

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U.S. cider takes U.K. honors

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Peter Ringsrud used to grow picture-perfect Red and Golden Delicious apples at his East Wenatchee, Washington, orchard, but found little profit in it.

After a 25-year interval working as an engineer, Ringsrud returned to the orchard

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Affecting lives through education

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This year, the Washington Apple Education Foundation awarded scholarships worth a total of $475,000 to 187 students, but had to turn another 232 students away.

The foundation was formed in 1994 and is recognized as the

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Fireblight expert retires

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Larry Pusey has used crab apples for his fireblight studies, as they can be manipulated to bloom year round in the greenhouse.
Geraldine Warner

For almost 20 years, Dr. Larry Pusey has been focused on researching a

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Looking for a bipartisan solution

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Apple harvest season last year brought home to Dale Foreman just how important a reliable labor force was to his apple-growing operation. Some of his apples went unpicked because of a labor shortage in Washington

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The ciders of Quebec

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In Canada’s Quebec province, the word cider means only one thing—fermented apple juice. You don’t call it hard cider, or apple wine. You just call it cider.

Unlike in the United States, in Quebec apple juice

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Lake Chelan sparkles

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Julie Pittsinger checks on her four-year-old planting of Pinot Meunier, one of the grapes traditionally used to make Champagne.

Julie and Bret Pittsinger, owners of Karma Vineyards at Chelan, believe that the Lake Chelan area could

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The Kings of Flint

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Jacky and Dora King have been urban farmers for about six years. The six acres that they farm now contain two hoop-style greenhouses, vegetable gardens, and a 200-tree fruit orchard. The property used to hold

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Urban orchards

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For more than half a century, the great industrial cities of the northeastern United States have been decaying. From what used to be dynamic urban centers, people and industries have moved out, sprawling over adjacent

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Merging two cultures

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During the early cherry season, West Mathison, ­president of Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, spends about half his time at the company’s California plant, where he sees plenty of familiar faces.

As the Pacific Northwest apple

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In the Box

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Dear Good Fruit Grower:
I just received the June 2012 issue. As always, lots of good and timely information included between the covers.

However, I’m hoping it was a gross oversight and not intentional that the individual

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Bob Koehler promoted by Pear Bureau

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The Pear Bureau Northwest has promoted Bob Koehler to lead regional marketing manager. In this new position, he will serve as the liaison between Kevin Moffitt, Pear Bureau president, and the regional managers in territories

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Land-grant pride in Vermont

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Many land-grant university campuses have a ­landmark building called Morrill Hall. There are Morrill Halls in New York, Tennessee, Nebraska, ­Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and elsewhere.

But the one in which Thomas Vogelmann has

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Pillars of agriculture

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American farmers can call up images from two very different historical threads when describing themselves.

Farmers are rugged individualists, pioneers who tackled the unfriendly frontier, rifle in one hand, guiding the plow with the other, spouse

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Land-grant pioneer

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At Michigan State University, “the pioneer land-grant university,” the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.

Some fear that the strongest land-grant feature—its agricultural character—will die out, buried by

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Going without sulfites

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Greg Powers knows viticulture and enology from the ground up and was manager for the family estate vineyard before taking on winemaker duties.
Melissa Hansen

Greg Powers, winemaker for Washington State’s largest organic winery, didn’t initially make

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Finding a better way

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All of the vines at Badger Mountain Vineyard are trained to the Scott-Henry trellis system. Bill Powers says that the Scott-Henry is more labor intensive than other trellis systems but results in higher yields, making

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Head of the class

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The Young Apple Leaders of 2012 are, back row left to right, Sarah Dressell, Sara Shanteau, Casey Collins, Adam Peters, Mark Boyer, Dave Gargasz, Jeff Armock, Mark Stennes, and Andy Ferguson; front row, Holly Rogers-Rios,

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Need a lawyer?

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A group of Young Leaders listens to Don Kraemer, acting deputy director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, during the leadership luncheon.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Apple Association

Andy Ferguson is a 25-year-old

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Lone organic grower finds it tough

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Most of Owens’s orchards are surrounded by mature timber. On this mountain, he has three isolated orchards, each about a half mile apart. Luckily, infrastructure is good, as the landowner built good roads at his

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