Good Fruit Grower

December 2016

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8 DECEMBER 2016 GOOD FRUIT GROWER QUICK BITES People and industry in the news. Read more Fresh Updates at Prengaman joins Good Fruit Grower K ate Prengaman, an award-winning science writer, has been named associate editor of Good Fruit Grower. A resident of Yakima, Washington, Prengaman earned a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental sci- ence, magna cum laude, from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in science journal- ism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Kate is a talented writer who will further strengthen Good Fruit Grower's science and research reporting, long a hallmark of our magazine," said Casey Corr, managing editor. "Our mission as a grower-owned publication is providing essential, edu- cational information. I know readers will appreciate the depth and accuracy of Kate's articles on research and other important topics." Prengaman most recently served as the natural resources reporter for the Yakima Herald-Republic. She will be based in the magazine's Yakima office. Kate Prengaman Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist W ashington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension special- ist in postharvest information and technology transfer. Prior to coming to WSU, Blakey worked as a research horticulturist for a leading multinational supplier of fresh subtropical fruits in South Africa, specializing in avocado physiology. He earned his doctoral and undergraduate degrees from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Blakey is located at WSU's Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington. He and his wife, Emily, who grew up in Spokane, Washington, have two sons. (For more about Blakey's hire, see article beginning on Page 74.) TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER Rob Blakey, shown here in a Pasco, Washington, orchard, specializes in postharvest issues.

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