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Castagnoli named director of Mid-Columbia Research Center

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

He's been with center for almost 17 years.

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

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Dillon Luebber, a young grower from Malaga, Washington

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Dillon was raised southeast of Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River by

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AgForestry to graduate 38th leadership class

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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AgForestry announced the graduation in April of its 38th Leadership Program class.

Here’s the press release:
Today’s

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Alfredo Jeronimo, a young grower from Wenatchee, Washington

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Alfredo grew up working in orchards alongside his father. After starting a family, Alfredo followed his interests in the packing side of the industry and is currently pursuing goals in orchard management.

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Blazing a trail for female growers

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

International Fruit Tree Association launches women’s group to provide education, mentorship.

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Three growers elected to Washington Apple board

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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Mark Stennes, James Foreman and Jon Alegria were elected to three-year terms as members of

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Kurt Schlect, 1954-2017

February 9th, 2017|3 Comments

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Kurt Don Schlect, a lifelong grower in the Yakima Valley, passed away Feb. 5 at the

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Arkansas fruit breeder Moore dies at 85

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Jim Moore, a longtime fruit breeder, who was influential in the tree fruit industry died

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Washington grower and packer Gary W. Hansen dies at 73

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Gary W. Hansen, the former president of Hansen Fruit and Cold Storage of Yakima, Washington,

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Ariane Stechmann, Young Grower from Hamburg, Germany

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Ariane is the oldest of four siblings who make up the family’s

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Bruce Zahn, 1925-2016

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bruce A. Zahn, a prominent grower who lived in Bridgeport, Washington, passed away December 9,

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Grape Society presents its annual awards

January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape Society presented three industry awards at the annual meeting in November

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Nick Ferrari, Young Grower from Linden, California

December 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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family background/ Fourth-generation farmer in the San Joaquin Valley. Nick has volunteered with several young

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Coastal California apple growers hold on through relationship with Martinelli’s

December 28th, 2016|1 Comment

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One hundred years ago, Watsonville, California, was one of the apple leaders of the world,

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The GMO apple has arrived

December 27th, 2016|5 Comments

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

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Trinka, Veliquettes honored at Great Lakes Expo

December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dave Trinka and twin brothers Gene and Dean Veliquette, were honored by the Michigan State

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Washington horticulturalist Fred Valentine dies

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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Fred Valentine, a longtime field horticulturist and former president of the Washington State Horticultural Association,

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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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WSTFA honors industry leaders at annual meeting

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association bestowed several awards for service to the industry at

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Industry giant Bill Evans dies

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Bill Evans, co-founder and president of Evans Fruit Co., died early Tuesday morning. He was

  • Bill and Mark Zirkle, 2016 Growers of the Year

A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy.

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Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors.

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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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Pierre Paradis, Young Grower from Silverton, Oregon

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Pierre is the son of Peter and Donna Paradis, who were among

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Washington Winemakers Mike Wallace and Scott Pontin, RIP

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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Two prominent Washington State winemakers have died in recent days. The Yakima Herald reports that

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Monica Libbey, Young Grower from Manson, Washington

October 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

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family background/ Both sides of Monica’s family have long histories farming in the Chelan Valley,

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Canadian bee expert joins OSU

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has hired an expert on bee pollinators to fill a new extension

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Central Washington pear grower innovates, adapts

September 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Rudy Prey of Leavenworth, Washington, does things with his pear trees that not all, or even most growers, do.

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Jared Gidley, Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Jared is a first-generation farmer who worked several orchard jobs growing up in Parkdale, Oregon.

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WSTFA fills two key positions

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Jacqui Gordon Nunez has been named director of education and member services at the Washington

Dorothy Plath, of Yakima and Washington Fruit and Produce, age 91

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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Our condolences to the family of the late Dorothy Plath, who died July 31 at

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

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Growers lay out future of family farm with succession plan

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Generations to follow

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Newhouse named chair of national wine grape association

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Todd Newhouse of Outlook, Washington, has been elected chairman of the Winegrape Growers of America.

The

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James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

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Suzanne Niemann, a young grower from Yakima, Washington

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Suzanne’s love of agriculture grew out of her interest in the sciences.

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Changes at Oregon State extension center

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dr. Peter Shearer has resigned as entomologist at Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and

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Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

May 19th, 2016|2 Comments

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family background / Neil studied business and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Time to say goodbye for Mimi Nye

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canoe Ridge Estate manager Mimi Nye retires after 35 years with Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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Tree fruit industry awards $1 million in scholarships

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) has reached a milestone of awarding $1 million in

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Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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Eladio Gonzales, a young grower from Selah, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Eladio, a second-generation farmer from the upper Yakima Valley, worked alongside his father, Miguel Gonzales, in orchards and now manages several test orchards in Naches, Washington.

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Nick Mackay, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

After originally pursuing a degree in history and law, Nick pursued a more hands-on career through Washington State University’s viticulture program.

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Mike McLaren, a young grower from Salem, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike is a first-generation grower who pursued a degree in winemaking before getting his start working in wine sales, distribution and learning to make wine at Corliss Estates

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Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

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Ryan Bond, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Ryan is a second-generation grower managing about 800 acres, primarily consisting of cherry and pear trees in The Dalles and south through Dufur into the Tygh Valley.