A humble leader (Video)

Throughout his career, WSU entomologist Jay Brunner has turned science into economic reality for Washington State tree fruit growers.


  • 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 [...]

Cherry Marketing Institute turns 25

  • February 18th, 2014

Phil Korson was having a problem filling the program for the annual Cherry Marketing Institute luncheon—because he was part of the program, a secret part he didn’t know about. He was the gap in the ­program.

The Cherry Marketing Institute is 25 years old this year, and ­Korson has been [...]

Cherry Person of the Year

  • February 18th, 2014

The Cherry Marketing Institute also recognized Randy Willmeng, a cherry grower from Lawton, who farms with his wife, Linda, and son, Marc, who represents the fifth generation on the family farm. Randy has owned it since 1989. Willmeng, who chairs the CMI, was named Cherry Person of the Year [...]

Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Grower; Cider winners

  • February 18th, 2014

The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania named Reed Soergel its ­Outstanding Fruit Grower of 2013.

Sixteen Soergel family members are involved in growing and marketing fruits, vegetables, value-added products, including Amish furniture, apple cider and apple wine, and farm-based entertainment. Soergel Orchards is located in Wexford, in western ­Pennsylvania. It [...]

Bob Black honored for distinguished service

  • February 18th, 2014

Maryland fruit grower Robert Black received the Harry Black Distinguished Service Award from the state’s horticultural association for his performance as industry spokesperson after the brown marmorated stinkbug invasion in 2010.

The award, interestingly, is named after Bob’s father, who was an industry leader in his day.

Henry Allenby, in presenting [...]

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 [...]