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gfg-portraits-melissaMelissa Hansen joined the Good Fruit Grower team as associate editor in 1996 and provided editorial stories for all fruit, but in particular, the Pacific Northwest grape industry.

She moved with her family to Ellensburg, Washington, in 1995 after spending nearly 15 years in Fresno representing California tree fruit and grape growers and shippers in state and federal issues.

She received an agricultural journalism degree in 1980 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a member of Class XVII of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. In 2008, she received a women’s leadership award from the Washington State Horticultural Association.

Melissa grew up in the beef industry, working in her family’s feedlot and custom meat locker. As a youth, she enjoyed raising market sheep and steers for 4-H and FFA projects and continued that passion as a sheep 4-H leader for more than 10 years in Washington’s Kittitas County.

Melissa Hansen joined the Washington Wine Commission to manage its research program in 2015.

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Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

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Wine industry involvement can help research come alive

November 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Insightful input: A Good Point by Melissa Hansen

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Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

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How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

  • Winegrape smoke study at WSU

Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

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Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

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Hansen: Certified plants are only the first step

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers need to monitor for virus in early years of a “clean” vineyard.

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Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

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Hansen: Test for nutrients before spending big money

April 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine industry funded research can save growers money and lead to healthier vineyard soils.

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Hansen: Wine grapes — An IPM success story

March 1st, 2016|3 Comments

Integrated pest management research has saved Washington’s wine grape growers millions in pesticide costs.

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Canvasback puts down roots

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Brian Rudin practices a vineyard-focused approach to winemaking.

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California winery at home in Washington

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A blind tasting of wines brought Duckhorn Wine Company to Washington.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started

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Table grape potential in Washington

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Table grapes grow well in eastern Washington and could be popular in niche markets.

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Elevating Idaho table grapes

January 14th, 2016|1 Comment

Researchers will study new varieties and canopy management for table grapes in the Gem State.

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Stinkbug taint in wine

December 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results.