Good Fruit Grower

July 2016

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Page 6 of 39 Good Fruit Grower JULY 2016 7 IFTA hires new leader M att Grayson has been hired as the new exec- utive director of the International Fruit Tree Association. Grayson comes to IFTA following a second stint at AMR Management Services, an association and event management company that has done work for IFTA. He replaces Rick Dungey, who retired in the spring. Grayson is based in Lexington, Kentucky. AMR conducted the executive search for IFTA, and Nick Ruffin, AMR's president and chief operations officer, served as interim executive director during the search. Born and raised in Kentucky, Grayson attended the University of Kentucky for both undergraduate and graduate school, ultimately earning a master's degree in public administration. He has been involved in association work for about 20 years, doing everything from policy work to international outreach and development. "He's got a long history in association management, and he's diverse in that he's been doing quite a bit of international work — not related to agriculture, but his international experience made him extremely qualified to lead an international group — and his experience seemed like a very good fit," said IFTA President Tim Welsh of Columbia Fruit Packers in Wenatchee, Washington. IFTA serves as a source of education and knowledge for the tree fruit industry, Grayson said, and though he comes to IFTA as a novice in the fruit tree industry, he said he's eager to learn and serve IFTA's members. "With every association, you try to think of how best to serve the members — who are the old pros in the industry and also look at the people coming in — and how to best to reach them," Grayson said. "They're in a really interesting position of being very authoritative on the subject matter while still trying to relate and broaden their educational objectives and relationships." Matt Grayson Harvest Equipment Also available in cotton Bags & Buckets Email Web For the dealer nearest you call us at (509) 662-6065 Picking Bucket 7P104 / 7P105 Wells & Wade Harvest Equipment "When You Want The Best For Your Fruit" Seatbelt Webbing Harness 73520 Cherry Bucket 89000 / 89200 Nylon Cordura Citrus Bags 3 Sizes 40 lbs-65 lbs-80 lbs Superior 5250 California Bag 73600 Cordura Bag 73187 / 73393 Manzana M14-AM Hickok FC-100 10500 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513 800.634.1671 or 925.634.2191 (Alison Clegg or Richard Chavez) 877.457.6901 (Henry Sanguinetti) M E M B E R O F w w w . p r o t r e e n u r s e r y. c o m Expertly Crafted from Start to Finish. Apples Aztec Fuji ® (DT-2 cv) Banning Red Fuji (USPP 16,624 P2) Buckeye ® Gala (USPP 10,840) Cosmic Crisp™ (USPP 24,210) EverCrisp ® (cv. 'MAIA 1') PPAF Firestorm™ Honeycrisp Honeycrisp™ (USPP 7197) Lady in Red * (USPP 18,787) Royal Red Honeycrisp ® (USPP 22,244) September Wonder™ Fuji (USPP 11,193) Ultima™ Gala (USPP 13,753 P2) Available on B10 ® , B-118, EMLA, Geneva ® , M-9 T337, NIC -29™, or Pajam #2. ** * Trademark license for Pink Lady ® brand available upon request. Cherries Benton™ Bing Black Tart BlackPearl ® Brooks™ BurgundyPearl ® Chelan™ Coral Champagne Cristalina™ EbonyPearl ® Available on Colt, Gisela ® , Krymsk ® , Mahaleb, or Mazzard. * * ** Not all varieties are available on all rootstocks. Call for specific grafting information. Lapins RadiancePearl ® Rainier Selah™ Skeena™ Sweetheart™ Tamora Tulare™ Vans NEW! NEW! NEW! At ProTree Nursery the growth of our high-quality rootstocks begins in our lab under the watchful eye of Norma Aguilar who has perfected her craft over the past 12 years. As our rootstocks grow and are transplanted outside, they are cared for by Guillermo Montoya, who, with 16 years of experience, knows what it takes to produce only the very best rootstocks that will grow into fruitful trees. Call ProTree today to order benchgrafts for 2018 and dormant-budded trees for 2019. Let our expertise in combining the right rootstocks with the heartiest varieties work for you. Guillermo Montoya ProTree Nursery, LLC Norma Aguilar ProTree Nursery, LLC

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