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

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington Winegrowers elect board members

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington Winegrowers Association elected board members and officers at their annual meeting held in

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IFTA Heuser lecturer: Start with the problem

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Agriculture’s ability to collect data is greater than its ability to model and interpret data,

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Ryan Johnson, a young grower from Harrah, Washington

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Sale of Broetje Orchards creates FirstFruits Farms

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

New owner plans to continue many employee-support programs created by Broetje.

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IFTA bestows awards

February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

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Paul Wafler of Wafler Farms was named the Outstanding Grower for 2019 by the International

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Stephen Garczynski, 1960-2019

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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Stephen Garczynski, research geneticist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Wapato, Washington, died Feb.

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USApple announces 2019 Young Apple Leaders

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association announced its class of 2019 Young Apple Leaders, a group of

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Roland Markgraf, a young grower from Kelowna, British Columbia

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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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.

Rick Hamman,

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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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BC Tree Fruits restructures

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, which packs the bulk of British Columbia’s apples, has laid off a

  • Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser

Nereyida Ponce, a young grower from Prosser, Washington

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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Acclaimed honey bee geneticist receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

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Internationally acclaimed honey bee geneticist and University of California, Davis alumnus Robert E. Page Jr.

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Mike Willett crowned 75th Cherry King

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Mike Willett, manager of the Washington State Tree Fruit Research Commission, was crowned the 2019

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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

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Washington State Grape Society awards

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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Grape Society President Bill Riley presented the organization’s annual awards at the Washington State Grape

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

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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Chelan Fruit announces new interim CEO

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced CEO Reggie Collins will transition from his

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Fresh Pear Committee nominations sought for Mid-Columbia district

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing

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Young growers learning and growing together

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Field day and workshop events for early career industry professionals provide support and encouragement.

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Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market.

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Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.

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To see opportunities, look at the world differently – Hort Show preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Keynote speaker at the WSTFA Annual Meeting says the future doesn’t have to surprise us.

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Helping the family that grows together to stay together – EXPO preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Featured speaker at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will discuss strategies for family farm businesses.

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires Angela Daniels as event coordinator

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Daniels brings prior experience in events, communications and marketing

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Grape Society annual meeting

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Awards and the search for a soil connection to chlorosis at the final day of the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting.

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Call for committee nominations

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear, cherry and apricot growers and handlers can submit committee nominations at industry meetings in December and January.

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

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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Doug Gore announces retirement from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Woodinville, Washington-based wine maker also announced the promotions of two vice presidents.

  • 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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WAEF honors volunteers for service

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Xochitl Velazquez, Steve Clive and Washington Fruit & Produce were honoredfor their service to the foundation’s efforts with educational opportunities and scholarship awards.

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Constance Savage named general manager of L’Ecole N° 41

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

L’Ecole’s current general manager Debbie Frol will retire at the end of the year.

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Entomologist joins WSU’s Extension Center in Wenatchee

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Tobin Northfield will work to develop sustainable strategies to contain pests that threaten apple, pear, cherry and other fruit crops.

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Stannard named new chair at USApple

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

She has been in the apple business since 1996 and is owner of New York Apple Sales, Inc., one of the largest marketers of New York state apples.

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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

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Ste. Michelle president and CEO to retire

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, is ending his storied and acclaimed career with the company.

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New leader for Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

August 20th, 2018|1 Comment

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has named Ines Hanrahan as its executive director, replacing retiring manager Mike Willett.

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Alan R. Sams hired as new dean for OSU’s ag sciences college

August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sams, who worked in prominent agricultural programs at both Texas A&M and Clemson universities, will start work on Oct. 31.

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

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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Woodall joins Michigan Apple Committee as regional manager

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The Michigan Apple Committee has hired John Woodall as regional manager covering the northern region of the U.S.

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Adams joins Washington Apple Commission’s communications team

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Commission has hired Toni Lynn Adams as a communications outreach coordinator.

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

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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New statewide IPM coordinator named for Oregon

June 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

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A mighty idea

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Mighty Tieton founder working to turn fruit labels into giant mosaics.

  • 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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Rayapati named assistant dean, director for WSU

May 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University grape virologist Naidu Rayapati has been named an assistant dean at the

  • 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