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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Batcha heads organic group

  • February 18th, 2014

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 manufacturers and retailers.

Batcha most recently served as OTA’s executive vice president and interim co-executive [...]

  • Grape growers recognize industry leaders

Grape growers recognize industry leaders

  • February 14th, 2014
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.
  • Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014

Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014

  • February 3rd, 2014

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 and drive a nice sports car and have a nice penthouse in the [...]

  • Washington State’s most southern vineyard

Washington State’s most southern vineyard

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 Clore, Washington State University extension horticulturist, in the late 1950s. Clore is credited with [...]

  • Boone Davis, Young Grower Jan. 15, 2014

Boone Davis, Young Grower Jan. 15, 2014

  • January 21st, 2014

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 to do my criminal justice degree at Washington State University,  but I came home [...]

  • Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden

Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden

  • January 21st, 2014

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 CFO, will manage operations in addition to finance, information technology, and supply chain functions [...]

  • Jim Archer named 69th Cherry King

Jim Archer named 69th Cherry King

  • January 13th, 2014

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 to wear the ancient crown in recognition for his decades of service to the [...]

  • NFE’s Archer retires

NFE’s Archer retires

  • January 13th, 2014

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 by the foreign countries of Japan, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, and [...]