Good Fruit Grower

January 2015

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Page 6 of 39 GOOD FRUIT GROWER JANUARY 1, 2015 7 Tim Smith honored W ashington State University extension specialist Tim Smith received the inaugural Washington Tree Fruit Distinguished Service Award during the Washington State Horticultural Association's annual meeting in December. Smith has worked as an extension agent for almost 40 years. Three former WSU extension agents who worked alongside him—Paul Tvergyak, Dr. Mike Willett, and Brooke Peterson—presented the award, which is designed to recognize a person whose exceptional contributions will have a lasting impact on the industry. Smith, who is based in Wenatchee, is an authority on fi re blight, apple replant disease, cherry fruit fl y, and weed control. Smith received the Hort Association's Silver Pear award in 2002 and was named Cherry King by the Cherry Institute in 2011. TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER Washington State University Extension specialist Tim Smith (second from left) is congratulated by former colleagues Dr. Mike Willett, Paul Tvergyak, and Brooke Peterson. Arvid V. Monson 1941–2014 D iversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit and wine grapes. Monson grew up in Yakima and graduated from Selah High School in 1959. He attended Yakima Valley Community College, where he met his future wife, Suzanne Villaume-Monson. They were married in 1961. After working with his father in a feedlot in Selah, Monson got into the cattle feeding business on his own when he purchased a 25,000-head feed- lot operation in 1975 in Sunnyside, Washington. Monson and his partners then purchased a meat packing company in 1977 and formed Washington Beef, which they owned and operated until 1988. In 2004, the family moved their feeding operation from Sunnyside to the Midwest. His involvement in Washington's tree fruit industry began in 1979 when he planted a Red Delicious orchard in Outlook. In 1993, Monson and his family purchased property on the Snake River and were early adopters of high-density apple orchard systems. Four years later, he led the devel- opment of Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards, under the guidance of the late Dr. Walter Clore. Today, Goose Ridge has 2,200 acres of wine grapes. Through the years, Monson and family developed and planted more than 2,800 acres of wine grapes, apples, and cherries. Monson is survived by his wife, Suzanne, daugh- ter Valerie of Richland, Washington, son Bill and his wife, Darci, of Kennewick, and daughter Molly Stutesman and her husband, Rob, of Richland. Correction The Midwest Grape & Wine Conference will be held March 10-12 in St. Charles, Missouri. The date was listed incorrectly as February 10-12 on Page 85 of the December issue of Good Fruit Grower. More information is available at

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