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Growers visit plots of cherries and apples during IFTA conference

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tours, wine tasting and receptions all were on tap today (Sunday) on Day 2 of the International Fruit Tree Association conference here.

Two tour buses full of growers, researchers and consultants visited research

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International cherry challenges

China’s economic struggles may make for a difficult cherry export year.

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Catherine Kiyokawa, a Young Grower from Parkdale, Oregon

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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Saving cherries from the birds

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Cherry growers sometimes feel like they’re growing fruit mainly for the birds, but there is new information that can help them make informed decisions about bird management, said Catherine Lindell at the Michigan State University

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Cherry industry crowns 72nd Cherry King

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Longtime grower Dennis Jones was crowned the 72nd Cherry King during the Cherry Institute meeting held in Yakima, Washington, on Jan. 15. The Zillah grower was recognized for his passion for farming and contributions to

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Impact of imports

Fresh apples, pears and sweet cherries hold their own for U.S. producers.

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Nick Plath, a young grower from George, Washington

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grower / George, Washington
age / 26
crops / Apples, cherries, and wine grapes
business / Washington Fruit and Produce Company
family background / Nick grew up in Yakima and is the son of Rick Plath, nephew of Cliff

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New focus on grade standards

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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WSU virologist retires

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

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Stinkbug continues its spread

Northwest growers should be on the lookout for brown marmorated stinkbug

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Labor tops list of concerns for Grower of the Year

Worker worries

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Grower of the Year learns more through industry involvement

Learning from the board

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