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gfg-portraits-shannon2Shannon Dininny is Editor of Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website and planning and preparing editorial content. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

After working as a reporter at newspapers in Montana, Shannon joined the Associated Press in 2000, with stops in Montana, Indiana, Washington, Idaho and Utah. She was with the news wire service for nearly 14 years, including 10 years as the Yakima, Washington, correspondent, covering agriculture, nuclear waste cleanup, wildfires, environmental issues, national parks, tribes, and breaking news in eastern Washington and Oregon. She was named AP Employee of the Year for Washington State in 2009.

Shannon joined the magazine in 2015. She lives in Yakima.

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My Recent Articles

  • 2019 Washington Winegrowers Association

Winegrowers awards

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington Winegrowers presented their annual industry awards on Feb. 14 in Kennewick, Washington.

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Winegrowers Day 2

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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Labor remains the biggest cost for wine grape growers in Washington, and for many, it

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Winegrowers kicks off

February 12th, 2019|0 Comments

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The future for the Washington wine industry remains bright, but some headwinds are coming in

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Grafter provides cutting edge in the vineyard

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Field grafting grows in popularity among Washington wine grape growers, though the caution to test for viruses remains.

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IFTA founder Wallace Heuser has died

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wallace Heuser, recognized internationally as an authority on tree fruit, rootstocks and orchard systems, has

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Scaling sustainability in the vineyard

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Winegrowers Association looks at the big picture in Vinewise program relaunch.

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Wine research grant to fund sustainability study

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

$300,000 wine grape study aims to better understand consumer interest in sustainability.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Click pruning techniques for Cosmic Crisp

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers travel to orchards across Washington to share tips for pruning WA 38.

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Food recall risks are rising

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Food industry consultant offers tips for preparing for an FDA inspection and preventing a recall.

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Cosmic Crisp launch

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

$10.7 million marketing campaign aims to put WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) on the map.

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WSTFA18: Cosmic Crisp concludes the show

December 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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WA 38, the new Washington State University apple variety to be sold under the brand

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Oregon’s Pinot profusion

October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher works to determine if growers can increase yields without diminishing quality.

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Dininny: Good Fruit growing

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

With a new member on the staff, we’re ready and excited to hit the growing conferences this winter.

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Making sure Cosmic comes out Crisp – Video

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers learn from other growers on tour of some of the first commercial WA 38 plantings.

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Money available for U.S. sweet cherry growers hurt by trade disputes

September 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Cherry growers are expected to share in $111.5 million in aid as part of an overall $12 billion package the Trump administration approved to help growers and producers hurt by trade policies.

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A fruiting wall future

September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Researchers push forward in search for dwarfing rootstocks, high-density systems for pears.

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Position matters when picking pears

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Studies show pear’s place in the tree canopy plays a big role in maturity, postharvest storage.

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Vineyard sprayers: Applying knowledge

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Washington State University sprayer evaluation helps growers optimize vineyard sprayer performance.

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

Going undercover with drape netting

August 15th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. universities embark on studies to examine drape netting over high-value apple orchards.

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MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New study confirms numerous factors that go into successfully using MCP on pears.

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The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|1 Comment

Drones won’t replace bees for pollination, but they may help.

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Study in quality controls will help manage peach mealiness

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher examines effects of chilling, waxes and coatings on Ontario peaches.

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Two Northwest associations focused on trade finalize affiliation

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest Fruit Exporters is now a member of the Northwest Horticultural Council.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Northwest’s 2018 fresh pear crop expected to top last year

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest's 2018 fresh pear crop expected to top last year

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Trade disputes broaden

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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U.S. fruit growers, already burdened with new tariffs from China, now have to deal with