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gfg-portraits-tjTJ Mullinax is a digital producer and photojournalist for Good Fruit Grower, coming to the magazine with a newspaper and television broadcast background. Mullinax grew up in the Pacific Northwest and covered communities through the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Central Washington, working more than ten years as a professional journalist at KATU television in Portland, Oregon, and the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

Mullinax served as a long-time officer of the National Press Photographers Association, helped found the Northwest Video Workshop, remains active judging photography contests and volunteering for journalism-focused training opportunities. In his spare time Mullinax dabbles with programming, design, illustration, and various multimedia endeavors that help tell stories.

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  • Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland

Erin Carlson, a young grower from Summerland, British Columbia

May 15th, 2019|1 Comment

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family background/ Erin received her agriculture degree in organics at the University of Guelph in

  • Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, Italy

Michael Mitterer, a young grower from Kastelbell, South Tyrol, Italy

April 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Michael grew up working at his family farm in the Alps in

  • 2019 Washington Winegrowers Association

Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Harrison Van Meekeren, a young grower from Lakeville, Nova Scotia

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Harrison grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and is

  • Ryan Johnson, a young grower in Harrah

Ryan Johnson, a young grower from Harrah, Washington

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Ryan is an operations manager at the nursery. He grew up working various jobs

  • Roland Markgraf

Roland Markgraf, a young grower from Kelowna, British Columbia

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Roland will be graduating from University of British Columbia with a degree

  • Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser

Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser, Washington

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Nereyida grew up on her family’s farm growing Concord grapes. She is pursuing her

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Dan Norman, a young grower from Sparta, Michigan

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/ Dan is a first-generation tree fruit grower who wants to build on the

  • Michelle Cortens, a young grower

Michelle Cortens, a young grower from Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Michelle is the first generation in her family in agriculture. She grew up in

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Behind the scenes: 2019 Good Fruit Grower cover launch

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Shane Davies takes off from the summit of Te Mata Peak overlooking Hawke’s Bay, New

  • Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping

  • Hort Show 2018

Tree fruit industry leaders honored at 2018 Washington awards banquet

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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For more than 35 years, Mike Willett has made significant contributions to the Northwest tree

  • Hort Show 2018

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

  • Weed control at a Concord vineyard

Conquering Concords

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Study aims to help growers make juice grapes profitable.

  • British Columbia cider

IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|2 Comments

How British Columbia’s apple industry looks to add value through cider.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: A taste of history

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Okanagan growers share their deep roots during the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour.

  • Cabernet grape sucker thinning at Mercer Estates

Rise of the machines: Are you ready to mechanize? – Video

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Near-fully mechanized vineyards are leading the way to premium wine grapes.

  • Devyani Gupta, a young grower from Walla Walla

Devyani Isabel Gupta, a young grower in Walla Walla, Washington

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Devyani, a past recipient of the Walter J. Clore Scholarship, obtained a

  • Headline

Is apple clearwing moth on the move?

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

After infesting orchards in British Columbia, there are indications this pest may have already reached Washington state.

  • British Columbia farms

After Ambrosia: ‘Where do we go from here?’

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

B.C. apple growers looking for next variety after years of Ambrosia reliance.

  • 2018 Gala apple harvest

Washington growers lower their 2018 apple crop expectations

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington growers confirm their suspicions of a lighter-than-expected crop with a revised smaller 2018 forecast.

  • 2018 Gala apple harvest

2018 apple harvest by the numbers

October 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Industry looks into crystal ball for 2018 forecast around the globe.

  • Matt Duke, a young grower from Spokane, Washington

Matt Duke, a young grower in Yakima, Washington

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Matt is the first generation of his family to work in agriculture. He has

  • Wine wastewater,

New regulations over wine wastewater

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Reactions are mixed over new rule requiring many Washington state wineries to obtain a permit.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

A fruiting wall future

September 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • British Columbia farms

Cool cherry covers

September 12th, 2018|1 Comment

British Columbia growers using Mylar covers to help protect freshly picked cherries.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Some promising previews

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Summerland shows off a few of its up and coming cherry varieties at IFTA.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Light vision

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Researcher gauging use of spectrometer to aid in harvest decisions.

  • British Columbia farms

IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

  • Madeleine van Roechoudt

Madeleine van Roechoudt, a young grower from Lake Country, British Columbia

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Madeleine continues a multigenerational farm that began north of Kelowna in 1949. The

  • Zirkle apple harvest in Mattawa and Gleed

Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

  • 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.

  • Bird control technology

Battling birds with lights, sounds : Videos

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Makers of new noise and laser deterrents promise birds won’t habituate to the technology.

  • Peshastin packing facility during harvest 2015

MCP treatments can be tricky

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at

  • IFTA BC Day 3

That’s a wrap: IFTA summer tour concludes

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

A visit to a high-density Ambrosia and Honeycrisp orchard overlooking the upper stretches of Okanagan Lake brought the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour to a conclusion.

  • Coral Beach Farms

Where no cherry has gone before — IFTA BC tour Day 2

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, are planting cherries in places where they won’t pick until mid-September.

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IFTA tours Summerland research center’s genetic diversity

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A glimpse of 30,000 apple varieties in various stages of propagation overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake highlighted the first day of the International Tree Fruit Association summer tour through British Columbia.

  • IFTA Study Tour 2018

Steven Murray Jr., a young grower from Bakersfield, California

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and

  • Brandt's Fruit Trees apricot test orchard

Northern exposure

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

See why Vineland apricots bred in Ontario are getting attention.

  • Washington State University

WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Plans within plants

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Managing sheer number of samples, volume of data is focus for breeding program.

  • Kate Evans and the WSU breeding program

Post-Cosmic question: What’s next?

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

With launch of WA 38 underway, WSU’s apple breeding program hopes to build on successes.

  • Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla

Elizabeth Bourcier, a young grower from Walla Walla, Washington

May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Elizabeth studied winemaking and viticulture at Walla Walla Community College and California

  • Hood River Cherry Company

Growing at a high level

May 23rd, 2018|1 Comment

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Planting 60 percent Lapins. Wrapping trunks with insulation. Expecting some trees to die every year.

  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard plantings

Small trees, big cherries?

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Limited release of MSU’s dwarfing rootstocks gives growers a chance to experiment.

  • New Washington Fruit cherry line as harvest begins

Waste not wanted

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Postharvest tools, better communication can help fine-tune storage practices and improve packouts.

  • MTCherryJuice1sd-1

A sweet solution for cherries

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s cherries find another market as Tabletree juice.

  • Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

Nick Anderson, a young grower from The Dalles, Oregon

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Nick graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College, married Annabeth and has a young