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family background/ After growing up on the family farm, Kyle earned a business degree working as a CPA before returning to work with his father, Shane, and mother, Gail.
age / 33
crops / Apples
business / Apple Springs Orchards, Inc.
How did you get your start?
I can clearly remember getting off the bus
family background / Yvette grew up traveling around the globe with parents David and Fiona Jones, who work in food technology. She majored in horticulture and is passionate about applied food sciences.
grower/Nelson, New Zealand
crops/Apples, pears, kiwifruit
How did you get your start?
I’m not from a traditional rural background — I’m not
family background / Conor grew up in a large Yakima Valley farming family growing juice grapes, learning organic methods and helping expand the farm’s apple acreage. He is the son of Carl and Jeannie Kilian and grandson of Ervin and Sharon Kilian.
age / 22
crops / Apples and grapes
business / Kilian
family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife, Shelly, and father-in-law, Dwayne Bowman. His primary job as an agronomist for Soilcraft Inc. has helped him to finance his cherry blocks.
age / 28
crops / Cherries
business / Eden Acres and Soilcraft Inc.
How did you get
family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by his father, Brad Fowler, and mother, Katy Klein. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he and his wife, Millie, have worked to establish their own cherry and pear orchards.
grower/Hood River, Oregon
business/AG Farms and
family background / Conner along with his cousin Clint Sullivan started their business after growing up learning agriculture from their grandfather, Robert, and fathers, Patrick and Kevin Sullivan, in the Pasco area. Conner is the son of Patrick and Brenda and has two younger siblings.
grower / Pasco, Washington
age / 25
The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic logging device requirements.
Beekeepers had joined a group of livestock producers in asking for more time to comply with new laws that require all trucks to
A panel of growers shared their experiences managing crop load during today’s afternoon session at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting.
Everything is based on having a bloom target, Washington State University researcher Matt Whiting said in opening the session.
Washington Fruit and Produce determines trunk cross sectional area to
Plan ahead, but stay nimble, Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist with Wells Fargo, told several hundred growers Monday at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association’s annual meeting in Kennewick.
He compared that dichotomy to adopting two famous sports philosophies — hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s “skate to where the puck is going
Grower of the Year Mike Omeg has an impressive list of industry contributions and accomplishments.
family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree from the University of Idaho. After his degree, he toured California vineyards and fell in love with farming, diving into viticulture courses at Walla Walla Community College.
age / 34
crops / Grapes
business / Vineyard manager at
On White Trail Road near Quincy, Washington, just past a development of small homes and a golf course, Roberto Guerrero grows fruit in unusual ways.
The 50-year-old orchardist has triple and quadruple rows, he swears off overhead cooling and sun protectants, and he does not attend university field days where researchers
family background / After serving several tours overseas in the U.S. Army, Devon joined his parents, Gary and Marlis, at their farm in The Dalles, Oregon, about five years ago. He’s been focused on implementing modern cherry growing techniques to increase production and efficiency.
grower / The Dalles, Oregon
age / 34