• Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

  • December 9th, 2014

Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes.

Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in [...]

  • Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

  • November 26th, 2014

age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the back-to-back years of 2008 and 2009. We went from having [...]

Network promotes Prosser wines

  • November 16th, 2014

A new organization called Prosser Wine Network was formed in Washington State last spring to promote Prosser wines. The new group, with more than 30 initial winery and associate members, is working to create awareness of wines from Prosser by providing networking events, advocating on behalf of members, coordinating [...]

  • Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

  • October 16th, 2014

The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in 2011.

The project, originally funded at $2.5 million but budgeted for $6.1 million over five [...]

  • Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of the first to plant wine grapes in Yakima Valley in 1968. Miller, who founded [...]

Inmates help with grape research

  • September 12th, 2014

Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University researcher has found a workforce that enjoys the monotonous work, and he’s even saving [...]