Good Fruit Grower

May 15

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GOOD JOB )+- & $-+)" ( ' + ( 1,- ' &., & 2 **+)0$' - &1 ).+, + $& + $& + 0 0 && (- )( $-$)( ))%, " " " " " Michigan Apple Committee hires staff people / ! #)( && && && T he Michigan Apple Committee has hired two account managers to work with retailers to promote Michigan news. apples, including one who formerly worked in the Washington State apple industry. After freezes last year decimated the state's crop, a large Michigan crop is now thought to be in the making. Michael Bardon of Grand Ledge, Michigan, and Terry Braithwaite of East Wenatchee, Washington, will begin work with the committee in April. "The timing is perfect for getting our two new account managers started as we prepare for the 2013 apple season," said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. "After not having a presence in the retail marketplace for nearly a year, the account managers will play a key role in bringing Michigan apples back in a big way." Bardon has retail experience with large companies such as Frito-Lay and Ralston-Purina Company. Braithwaite has spent his entire career in the produce industry, having held positions with Super Valu, Agri-Fresh Procurement, and Dole Northwest. He developed a number of innovative programs as marketing director for Chelan Fresh Marketing before joining the Michigan Apple Committee. "Like most of the growers and industry we represent, we had to make a lot of changes and budget cuts after the crop loss," Smith said. "Now we are glad to be adding staff and investing our time and energy in preparations for 2013. Our staff is ready to hit the ground running for 'the comeback kid'—Michigan apples!" in the ! CONTACT INFORMATION American Raisin Packers, Inc. # ( & + &' Industry !!$ )(1 ++1 /( + I Jim Gorny joins PMA P Natural Fish Fertilizers for Organic & Sustainable Crop Production h i g h l E x t re m ely ev e l C a l cs o f ava i l a b l e P h o s pi u m & horus roduce Marketing Association has hired Dr. Jim Gorny as vice president of food safety and technology. The new position will strengthen PMA's work in such areas as food safety research, biotechnology, agricultural innovations, and process and packaging technology. Prior to joining PMA, Gorny was senior advisor for the Office of Food Safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he advised staff on policies and programs Jim Gorny affecting the safety of fresh produce. He was involved in the development of FDA's proposed rules now going through public comment that provide detail to the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Before that, Gorny was the executive director of the Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center at the University of California, Davis. He also served as senior vice president of food safety and technology for the United Fresh Produce Association. Although PMA is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, Gorny will be based in California and will work closely with the Center for Produce Safety at UC, Davis. PMA, a strong supporter of the center, contributed $3 million over the last six years and PMA's Dr. Bob Whitaker, chief science and technology officer, has chaired the center's technical committee. Gorny will report to Whitaker. I Outstanding peach grower BERRIES VINEYARDS Dramm Corporation Manitowoc, WI • U.S.A. 46 May 15, 2013 GOOD FRUIT GROWER ORCHARDS 360.333.4044 Casey Schoenberger Mount Vernon, WA R ussell Marino, of Sun Valley Orchards, was named New Jersey's outstanding fruit grower for 2013 by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council. Marino, working with his brother Harry and sons Joe and Russell Jr., grows about 600 acres of fresh-market peaches. The farm operation also includes more than 1,000 acres of vegetables and has packing and marketing operations that include storage, packing, trucking, and wholesale marketing. He was cited as a leader in planting new peach varieties, intercropping, groundcover management, and low-water-use irrigation, as well as being a leader in the peach industry and in the farm community generally. About 15 varieties of peaches are sold under the Sun Valley label throughout the season.

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