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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.

Phone: Office (509) 853-3522 Cell: (509) 834-5321 — Email

My Recent Articles

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Canines trained to sniff out diseases

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Dog detection teams have shown success in citrus and other fruit, now researchers will study if they can help find little cherry disease.

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Rogue economics in the vineyard: Video

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Is it a financially viable option to rogue infected vines?

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Packaging options for Cosmic Crisp

April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Universal packaging design will ensure consistent branding across the industry.

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Grading on a Cosmic scale

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Industry committee sets grade standards for new WSU-bred apple variety slated for commercial release this year.

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Mulch-in cherries

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers study benefits of applying mulch to mature Oregon cherry orchard.

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Grants promote pollinator habitat

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Program aims to improve habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

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A Cosmic collective of ideas and insights

April 10th, 2019|0 Comments

In preparing for first commercial harvest, growers share tips they’ve learned growing WA 38 trees.

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Getting ready for robots

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Evolution of the technology and the orchard required for robotic harvest.

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Robotic picking machine’s first apple harvest underway: Video

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Abundant Robotics debuts robotic harvester in New Zealand apple orchard for first harvest headed to market.

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Washington Winegrowers bestows annual awards

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington wine industry leaders honored.

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Lessons in supply and demand for wine grape growers

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Wine broker describes transition period from shortage to excess.

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Headwinds approaching Washington wine industry

March 27th, 2019|1 Comment

Analysts concur: Wine grape growers will need to be innovative in today’s rapidly evolving market.

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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.