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Ella Vincent, a young grower from Yakima, Washington
family background/Ella is a second-generation farmer who graduated from Washington State University with a degree in viticulture and enology. She is the daughter of Cindy and Mike Vincent.
Shaping the future of cherry production — Video
Research on rootstocks and tree architecture puts sweet cherries in a favorable position.
Power to the peaches! — Video
Lessons learned in apples, cherries could aid “stone fruit revolution.”
Adrian Heffron, a young grower from Outlook, Washington
family background/Adrian is a fifth-generation farmer pursuing a horticulture degree at Wenatchee Valley College. He has two brothers, John and Ian, and is the son of Diana and John Heffron.
Stigmas subside for farmers feeling stress — Video
Mental health pros discuss farm stress survey and suicide prevention.
Daisy Arias, a young grower from Entiat, Washington
Daisy earned her bachelor’s degree in fruit and vegetable management at Washington State University and is a research assistant at Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee. She is the daughter of Teresa and Pedro Arias.
Thiago Campbell, a young grower from Homestead, Florida
Thiago earned his horticulture degree from the University of Florida, a master’s degree at Penn State University and is working on his doctorate from Washington State University. He’s the son of Cecilia and Richard Campbell.
Brandt and Trent Swindeman, young growers from Deerfield, Michigan
Brandt went to Albion College in Michigan and Trent went to Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, both studying business. They are the sons of Mary Pat and Jim Swindeman.
Kai Jenks, a young grower from Royal City, Washington
Kai graduated from Wenatchee Valley College with a degree in horticulture and works at Northwest Wholesale and his family business. He has four siblings and is the son of Heather and Justin Jenks and grandson of John and Mary Jenks.
Miriah Falce, a young grower from Prosser, Washington
Miriah is the first generation in her family to work in agriculture, graduating from Yakima Valley College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology program. Her parents are Elizabeth and Raymond Falce.
Tyson McCallum, a young grower from Ephrata, Washington
Tyson is a first-generation farmer from Anacortes, Washington, who graduated from Edmonds Community College with a degree in nursery and greenhouse management. He is the son of Rick and Tee McCallum.
Investor owners remain interested in agriculture — Video
Who would buy an apple business right now? Investors, who are betting that access to more cashflow will better position their properties for the long haul.
Joseph and David Tisch, young growers from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.
Joseph, left, and David are first-generation apple farmers who are attending University of Wisconsin. They are the sons of Laura and Brad Tisch and have three siblings.
Apple-harvesting robot roundup — Video
Robotic fruit harvester development continues.
Lisa Aceves, a young grower from Tieton, Washington
Lisa is a third-generation farmer who started in high school and is now the orchard operations supervisor. Lisa is the granddaughter of Frances and Tony Peña, daughter of Maria Peña and Roy Aceves and works with her sister, Rosa, and brother, Rogelio.
Bernadette Gagnier, a young grower from Snohomish, Washington
Bernadette is pursuing her doctorate in horticulture, specializing in alternative strategies for nematode management in wine grape systems in Washington state. She is the daughter of Jeanette and Rick Gagnier.
Sarah Lott Zost, a young grower from Gardners, Pennsylvania
Sarah is a fourth-generation grower who graduated from Michigan State University and is the co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic Young Grower Alliance. She is married to Mitch Zost and is the daughter of Barb and Jim Lott.
Nathan Davis, a young grower from Odell, Oregon
Nathan returned to the family pear farm in the Hood River Valley about two years ago. He and his brother, Aubrey, work with their dad, Phil, and uncle, Jack Davis.
Cosmic Crisp, continued — Video
Learning from past harvests helps Washington apple industry prepare for this year’s WA 38 harvest and handling.
Leticia Trejo, a young grower from Bridgeport, Washington
Leticia graduated from Washington State University with a degree in agricultural food systems. She is married to Marc Martinez and is the daughter of Diana and Donato Trejo.
Drip on demand — Video
Automating irrigation can save labor, save water and help growers schedule around the plants’ needs.
Stone fruit ‘sea change’ — Video
Pennsylvania growers testing high-density peach plantings.
Ty Muxlow, a young grower from Kingsburg, California
Ty graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in ag business and plant science. He’s the son of Becky and Andy Muxlow.
John Paul and Adam Baugher, from Aspers, Pennsylvania
Both Adam and John Paul are part of the fifth generation operating their family farm. John Paul went to Penn State University and Adam went to Bloomsburg University. They are the sons of Cindy and Chris Baugher.
Connor Duim, a young grower from Zillah, Washington
Connor graduated from Wenatchee Valley College with a degree in sustainable agriculture. He’s the son of Sheryl and Mike Duim.
Jutsely Rivera, a young grower from Moxee, Washington
Jutsely is a second-generation farmer who earned an environmental studies and chemistry degree from Gonzaga University. She’s the daughter of Ana Valenzuela and Jose Rivera.
How to check for apple bud damage on the tree — Video
Looking for apple bud damage? See how to quickly cut and evaluate apple buds on the tree and identify flower part damage.
Hansen: Research provides phylloxera knowledge — Video
Risk assessment map shows Washington soils in many growing regions are conducive to phylloxera.
Soil sensor pros and cons — Video
WSU irrigation specialist provides growers with a rundown on five soil sensors.
Johanny Castro Chinchilla, a young grower from San José, Costa Rica
Johanny grew up working on a coffee farm and earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in crop protection from the University of Costa Rica. He’s the son of Marea Elisa Chinchilla and Gerardo Castro.
Lidar technology aims for accurate sprays — Video
Lidar sensor measures canopy density and adjusts spray settings automatically.
Hoheisel: Chilling insights — Video
New model to predict blueberry cold hardiness, developed with years of bud damage data, now available on WSU’s AgWeatherNet.
Desmond Samples, a young grower from Washington’s Tri-Cities area
Desmond is the first generation of his immediate family in agriculture and has been working at Fidélitas Wines while attending school at Washington State University. He is the son of Joella and Cedric Samples.
BYOB: Bring your own bees — Video
Using mason bees requires year-round chores.
Kyle R. Benner, a young grower from Fairfield, Pennsylvania
Kyle is a fourth-generation grower, packer and shipper who returned to the farm about six years ago. He’s married to Kelli and is the son of Pam and Dave Benner.
Benjamin Keim, a young grower from Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Benjamin is a fifth-generation grower who graduated from Penn State University and is the past president of the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania. He’s the son of Marie and Richard Keim.
Little cherry disease: Removing the root risk — Video
New research project by OSU, WSU aims to learn more about the risks posed by replanting after little cherry disease.
Edgar Camacho, a young grower from Yakima, Washington
Edgar is a second-generation grower who earned an associate degree in business from Columbia Basin College. He is the son of Alma Rosa and Gustavo Camacho
Lorenzo Pacini III, a young grower from Ukiah, California
Lorenzo graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in viticulture and grows Zinfandel in the Talmage Bench. He is the son of Lorie and Allen Pacini, and his family has been growing grapes in the Mendocino Valley since 1911.
Harvest headway — Video
Fresh Fruit Robotics runs limited harvest trials in Washington in 2021 and says it’s ready to tackle commercial scale later this year.
Juan Munguía, a young grower from Mattawa, Washington
uan earned his bachelor’s degree in soil science from Oregon State University and is currently pursuing his graduate degree in horticulture. Juan is the son of Maria and Serafin Munguia.
Eleanor (Ellie) Rice, a young grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Ellie is an eighth-generation grower who graduated from Juniata College with a major in community conflict and change, and she now manages her family company’s human resources department and H-2A program. She’s the daughter of Katherine and Mark Rice.
Return of the expo
There was an air of reunion on the floor of the Yakima Valley SunDome on
Aylin Moreno, a young grower from the Tri-Cities, Washington
Aylin is a first-generation farmer, graduated from Washington State University and obtained a master’s degree from University of Washington. She is the daughter of Sandra Espinoza and Hugo Moreno.
Computerized carts — Video
Two robotic worker-assist cart manufacturers attract venture capital funding, seek niches in specialty crop production.
Clip-on clipping — Video
Pennsylvania grower invents hand-freeing stem clipper.
Justin Lyon, a young grower from Prosser, Washington
Justin graduated from Columbia Basin College and Washington State University and manages vineyards in the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVAs. He’s married to Brianne Holden-Boushey and is the son of Susan and Michael Lyon.
Cody Ashurst, a young grower from Hopland, California
Cody is a fourth-generation farmer in the Mendocino valley and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in agribusiness. He’s the son of Kurt Ashurst and is married to Tatianna Ashurst.
Dianna Sanchez, a young grower from Chelan, Washington
Dianna graduated from Washington State University with a degree in fruit and vegetable management and works as a technical support agronomist with Stemilt Growers. She is the daughter of Claudia Hernandez and Carlos Sanchez.
Cody LaRiviere, a young grower from Yakima, Washington
Cody graduated from Washington State University with a degree in tree fruit and vegetable management and manages blocks in Quincy, Washington. He’s the son of Kelli and Randy LaRiviere and is married to Ashley LaRiviere.