Manuel Vargas, a young grower from Jardín, Colombia

April 26th, 2024|0 Comments

Manuel grew up on a coffee farm and graduated with a degree from Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia. He’s the first in his family to grow tree fruit. He is now working for Joe Rasch Orchards, in Sparta, Michigan and is married to Katie (Rasch) Vargas and is the son of Ligia Marin and Gabriel Vargas.

  • Industry leaders honored at the International Fruit Tree Association conference in Yakima, Washington, Feb. 14, from left to right: Dave Gleason, Outstanding Grower Award; Tom Auvil, Lifetime Achievement Award; Stefano Musacchi, Outstanding Researcher Award; Jeff Cleveringa, Industry Service Award; and Mauricio Frias, Outstanding Extension Educator Award. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

IFTA honors leaders amid research updates

February 15th, 2024|0 Comments

On the final day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s annual meeting in Yakima, Washington, Feb. 14, the group took a break from orchard innovation and technology talks to honor members for their significant contributions to the industry...