The Washington State Tree Fruit Affiliation is proud to host the 119th Annual Assembly and NW Hort Expo December 4-6. This yr’s assembly will happen on the Three Rivers Conference Heart in Kennewick, Washington. It is onerous to imagine, however the final time we had the chance to collect for this occasion within the Tri-Cities was in 2017.
WSTFA employees, annual assembly planning committee, and volunteers have been assembly frequently since March to arrange for this assembly. We’re all excited to current the classes we now have been engaged on centered on this yr’s theme: “Deep Roots, New Methods: Modern Considering for At the moment’s Challenges.” I wish to supply my recognition and gratitude for the mixed efforts of everybody concerned in coming collectively to make this assembly attainable.
Individuals who make their dwelling farming know that yearly is totally different. The inconsistency has actually been fixed over the previous couple of years, to say the least. Adapting to components outdoors of our management is a continuing a part of working on this enterprise, however we’re dedicated to the land and getting the job executed, even when our plans go astray. The apply of being a tree fruit farmer is deeply rooted, each within the agricultural practices utilized by farmers day by day, but additionally within the pricey investments indisputably associated to the land being farmed. When new challenges are introduced to us, we won’t merely fold up our operation like a laptop computer and take it with us.
New methods and modern considering are wanted to adapt to the various challenges producers face. From powerful markets, excessive climate and rising prices to burdensome laws and labor uncertainty, even the perfect producers are discovering it tougher to stay worthwhile on this enterprise setting. With a deeply rooted mindset and pushed by perseverance, the fruit business has at all times been always evolving practices to fulfill right this moment’s challenges for tomorrow’s success.
Our keynote speaker will give us a high-level take a look at world market occasions affecting agriculture all over the world. David Magaña is vp and senior analyst of Rabobank’s RaboResearch Meals and Agribusiness group. Primarily based in California, Magaña is chargeable for masking and analyzing the recent fruit, vegetable and nut industries in the US and North America. He has a powerful background in agriculture and works alongside a world staff to collect key insights into commodity markets, conduct in-depth evaluation of the components driving the sector’s success or failure, and look at megatrends that may in the end They affect purchasers’ enterprise methods.
Staying per this yr’s theme, Batjer’s deal with shall be given by David Granatstein, professor emeritus at Washington State College. Granatstein will evaluation the evolution of sustainability within the meals system all through his skilled profession and the way the fruit business has participated.
As at all times, the convention will embody classes masking a wide range of subjects, from profitability, local weather and new applied sciences to horticulture, natural merchandise and labor points. We may also delve into pear issues with a devoted session on Tuesday. Most of the subjects from these classes may also be obtainable in a devoted all-day Spanish session happening on Tuesday, December 5. Pesticide credit shall be obtainable on Mondays and Tuesdays. As at all times, there’s additionally extra to see and be taught on the commerce present held throughout the assembly.
Winter climate is understood to trigger last-minute modifications to individuals’s plans, so please verify probably the most up-to-date model of the agenda within the WSTFA Annual Assembly app, which will be downloaded at wstfa.org. We suggest that you just reap the benefits of the app because it permits us to ship you notifications of up to date data or schedule modifications and provides you the power to offer us with suggestions concerning the occasion.
Lastly, I wish to thank all the sponsors for his or her monetary contributions that assist make this conference successful. There are particular individuals we solely see every year, and platforms like this permit us to reconnect with individuals outdoors of our residence base. All of us share the profit once we come collectively to collaborate and help one another. This spirit of teamwork inside our business is one thing we are able to all be happy with and may try to proceed because the outcomes have helped us all enhance over time. On behalf of your entire WSTFA staff, we hope to see you all this December in Kennewick.
—by Marty Olsen
Marty Olsen is a grower from Prosser, Washington, and committee chair for the 2023 Washington State Tree Fruit Affiliation annual assembly.