Good Fruit Grower

December 2011

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GOOD STUFF A selection of the latest products and services for tree fruit and grape growers. Ty Snyder promoted C Free workplace mediation book T he University of California is offering a free copy of Party Directed Mediation, authored by Gregorio Billikopf, UC labor management farm advisor. Focus of the publication is on the mediation of deep-seated inter- personal conflict. The author shares two models: "Deal- ing with contention between co-workers" and "Handling differences between supervisors and subordinates." To obtain a free copy, send an envelope with a self- addressed adhesive label and a $4.95 U.S. flat-rate stamp (or combination of not more than five stamps) to cover mailing. Mail your stamp and label to Party-Directed Mediation, Gregorio Billikopf, 3800 Cornucopia Way #A, Modesto, CA 95358. The book can only be mailed to U.S. addresses. A free PDF copy can be downloaded at www ucce50/ag-labor/7conflict/. To register for the free service, go to & O Nursery of Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted Ty Snyder to the position of orchard manager. Snyder has worked at the nursery since 2006 and earned an associate degree in agriculture from Wenatchee Valley College. He is managing the company's Rocky Reach and Grant Road orchards. The Snyder family formed C & O Nursery in 1906. Ty, son of Todd Snyder, is one of the fourth generation of the family to be involved in the business, along with Jack's son Shad and Dick's son Adam. Ty Snyder PackerData is free P, an online service that enables fruit growers to compare returns and costs, is offering free access to growers and farm managers who enter their returns. Information from growers' returns is anonymously and confidentially collected in a database. Sherry Amos, vice president for customer service, said the system was developed to help growers become better informed and make better decisions. Growers can use the service to compare prices and costs as they relate to vari- eties, farming methods, and fruit size. Only growers who contribute data can see the reports and use the analysis tools. A "what if" analysis allows growers to compare prices from different pools, conventional versus organic, and from one packer to another. The service was launched a year ago at a charge of $99 a year plus additional charges to view multiple categories. facility near its existing building to produce organic agri- cultural nutrients to meet the increasing demand for organic products. Brandt/Monterey, formerly known as Monterey B AgResources, started out as a representative for agricul- tural chemical companies. It now formulates, packages, and represents other manufacturers' products. It has developed micronutrients for agriculture and continues to bring new technologies and products to market. The new facility will provide custom manufacturing and packaging for a number of other companies offering organic products in the western United States. Purshade sale settles suit T M.G. Wagner Co., Inc. ROOF ING SPECIAL ISTS of Service to Central Washington Celebrating Over 70 Years •SERVING THE FRUIT AND FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES •DESIGN AND CONSULTING SERVICES •ROOF INSPECTION AND ESTIMATES AVAILABLE 1401 Hathaway Yakima, WA 98902 Fax: 509-453-0592 Phone: 509-575-0934 References available NOW SCHEDULING WORK FOR 2012 70 DECEMBER 2011 GOOD FRUIT GROWER M essenderlo Kerley, Inc., is acquiring the global assets of the Purfresh crop protection sunscreen business and the Purshade product line. The Purshade business will be managed and marketed by Tessenderlo Kerley's NovaSource business unit, which also markets Surround. As part of the acquisition agreement, Tessenderlo Kerley will dismiss its complaint against Purfresh. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, asserted that Purfresh infringed certain U.S. patents. In the future, Purfresh will focus on its cold storage and transportation business. CYD-X in Canada T he biopesticide company Certis USA has selected Engage Agro of Guelph, Ontario, to distribute the CYD-X insecticidal virus in Canada. CYD-X is used by conventional and organic apple growers to control codling moth. It is the first Certis USA product to be reg- istered for use in Canada. For more information, check the Web sites and www.certisusa. com. MANA merger akhteshim Agan Industries (MAI), parent company of MANA Crop Protection, has announced that a majority interest of its shares has been acquired by the China National Agrochemical Corporation. MAI is now a private company with 60 percent ownership by the Chi- nese company and 40 percent ownership by Koor Indus- tries Limited of Israel, a long-time shareholder. Rob Williams, chief executive officer of MANA, said the merger was key to expanding the company's global man- ufacturing and research and development capabilities and would provide resources necessary to introduce an expanded range of crop protection products to the mar- ket. Williams continues to lead MANA's U.S. operations from Raleigh, North Carolina. www.packerdata.comand use the coupon code "FREE." For more information, con- tact Amos at (503) 931-5953 or sherry@ expansion Organic randt/Monterey of Fresno, California, has acquired a 96,000-square-foot

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