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Supporting the Local Wine Industry
by Greg Martin, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: February 14, 11

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Supporting the Local Wine Industry. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

The wine industry in Washington State continues to grow and that growth is helped along by support from local counties. Benton County Washington Commissioner Leo Bowman.

BOWMAN: There’s always those issues of quality of life which I think the wine industry does bring to our community. There’s always those issues of economic development which I believe is another one of those attributes of the wine industry, what it’s doing with Red Mountain and the Walter Clore society and the WSU Research Center, all those things just add to our quality of life, add to our economy and it’s exciting because it is working.

Of course there are people that are not as supportive and Bowman says he asks them a question.

BOWMAN: You just ask them how long it has been since you’ve had a good glass of wine? The wine industry as example to some of the conversations I had here just moments ago about the wine industry taking care of the land, taking care of the community. Not want to destroy or maim if you will – if they have a problem they take care of it.

In areas all across the state new wine growing regions are transforming barren, unproductive areas into lush, wine producing vineyards.

BOWMAN: The tourism potential, those kinds of things. The realities are we cannot if you close the gate behind me once a specific development project is there, just because we don’t have control over procreation or immigration so we’re going to have more population and so we have to provide for that.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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