Good Fruit Grower

April 15

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Apple Commission appoints officers B arbara Walkenhauer of Selah succeeded David Doug- las as chair of the Washington Apple Commission at the board's annual meeting in March. Jon Alegria of Yakima was appointed vice chair. Walkenhauer and Alegria were reappointed to the board for three-year terms, along with Brian Sand of Orondo. The commission adopted a preliminary budget for 2014-2015 of $9.7 million. This is based on a 2014 fresh crop of 125 million boxes, but is subject to revision when the actual crop volume becomes known. It includes $5.2 million in funding from the federal Market Access Program, which is an unexpected 12 per- cent increase from last year, reported Todd Fryhover, Apple Commission president. The program was reau- thorized at a total of $200 million in the 2014 farm bill, about the same amount as in the previous farm bill. "We were holding our breath," he said. WSU announces WA 38 drawing W ashington State University is holding a random drawing to decide who will be able to plant WA 38, the latest variety from the university's apple breeding program, during the first two years trees become avail- able. Washington nurseries are producing trees of WA 38, and a small number will be available for planting in 2016. More than 300,000 should be available the following year. The university is accepting online applications for the drawing until May 31 and will announce results by June 30. Only Washington growers can apply. The drawing will be conducted in two tiers—one consisting of 12 lots of 3,000 to 5,000 trees each, and the other consisting of 12 lots of up to 20,000 trees each. Growers who are not allocated trees will be able to purchase trees from nurseries as more become available in 2018. Application instructions and details about the drawing will be available at USApple has new logo T he U.S. Apple Association has a new logo. Wendy Brannen, director of USApple's education program, said the old logo was developed more than a decade ago. The new identity is less cumbersome and more suited for use on the Internet, on Facebook, and in other social media, she said. The logo can be used in color or black and white. Read more Quick Bites at www. Q UICK BITES 509/662-6931 1261 Ringold Rd., PO Box 300 • Eltopia, WA 99330 We ship nationwide, so please call for price and availability! Order 2016 Trees NOW PAUL TVERGYAK 509-669-0689 CONTRACTS for 2015 and beyond! Custom Contracted Apple, Pear, Cherry & Peach Trees ✔TOP QUALITY ✔VIRUS TESTED ✔VERY COMPETITIVE PRICING HIGHEST QUALITY FRUIT TREES ! Call for: • TREES • ROOTSTOCK • INTERSTEMS • BENCH GRAFTS • SLEEPING EYES • ROYALTIES Barbara Walkenhauer Jon Alegria GOOD FRUIT GROWER APRIL 15, 2014 7

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