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  • 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,

  • Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Extension pollinator specialist watching honey bees.

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

  • Neil Garrison, a young grower from Sunnyside, Washington

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

  • Joe Brandt

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.

  • Ryan Bond, young grower

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.

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Former MSU president, Dr. Gordon Guyer, 1926-2016

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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Dr. Gordon Guyer, Michigan State University’s 18th president and longtime head of MSU Extension, has

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OSU soil scientist to lead southern Oregon ag research station

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Soil scientist Richard Roseberg of Oregon State University and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES)

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Hortau expands in Pacific Northwest

March 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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Hortau, a provider of precision irrigation management systems, is expanding its full line of products

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New hire for Pear Bureau Northwest

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Morgan Cairns as its sampling and event coordinator.

Cairns brings diverse

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Nye retires from Chateau Ste. Michelle after 35 years

March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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Mimi Nye, who has been the sole manager for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate

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OSU names new director of Food Innovation Center

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has named David Stone, a public health toxicologist and communications expert, as

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Women in Agriculture Conference on March 19

March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

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On March 19, the 2016 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho,

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WSU begins historic Ravenholt Lecture Series

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Posthumous donation makes wine science lecture series possible.

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Northwest canning pear inventories remain high as pressure mounts from imports

February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Jay Grandy’s last meeting as the manager of the Washington-Oregon Canning Pear Association, he

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Roger Hudson, a young grower from Sanger, California

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Roger is a sixth-generation grower of about 180 acres of tree fruit.

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Sierra Williams, a Young Grower from Cedaredge, Colorado

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Sierra, a fifth-generation tree fruit grower, is one of three siblings and is the daughter of Dan and Connie Williams.

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Gibson’s drive

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Silver Pear Award winner, Don Gibson, leads from the road.

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Griggs appointed to Apple Commission

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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John Griggs, a grower from Orondo, Washington, will serve on the Washington Apple Commission until

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Washington grape growers honor industry members

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington wine industry honored several long-time industry members for their pioneering involvement and advancement

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IFTA honors industry leaders

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association presented its 2016 award winners tonight (Monday) at the annual

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Canvasback puts down roots

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Brian Rudin practices a vineyard-focused approach to winemaking.

  • Catherine Kiyokawa from Parkdale, Oregon

Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

January 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Catherine is a fourth-generation farmer. Her grandfather, Mamoru Kiyokawa, started growing tree fruit on the farm. Catherine works closely with her father, Randy, and older brother Cameron.

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Family Legacy

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

New McDougall and Sons orchard honors the past and heralds the future.

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Cherry industry crowns 72nd Cherry King

January 15th, 2016|3 Comments

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Longtime grower Dennis Jones was crowned the 72nd Cherry King during the Cherry Institute meeting

  • Del Feigal, 2015 Silver Apple Award winner

Innovation and inspiration: 2015 Silver Apple Award

January 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Feigal’s talents in the orchard are a valuable resource for other growers.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit

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WSU virologist retires

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Ken Eastwell will continue to work on little cherry disease after his retirement.