Wrapping Up the Hort Meeting

Wrapping Up the Hort Meeting

Wrapping Up the Hort Meeting. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

There was a full house this year at the hort meeting and Bruce Grim, Executive Director of the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo talks about what brings people back each year to the show.

GRIM: Whether it’s management, whether it’s in the orchard, decisions about varieties, decisions about equipment, all these things there’s so much going on here. And the also have an opportunity to meet with their friends and discuss these things and I hear a lot of that going on. I think one of the real values of the convention is not just so much the convention itself but the opportunity for folks to get together with their friends an neighbors and people they don’t see every day.

The bylaws of the Hort Association say that the convention will alternate annually between Wenatchee and Yakima even though Grim says there are certain issues with each of those venues.

GRIM: We’re sort of limited in the number of exhibitors we can have here by virtue of the size of the facility. One of the great things about Wenatchee compared to Yakima is the fact that the expo site is right adjacent to the convention site so people are easily able to go back and forth. In Yakima we have the countervailing advantage of a much larger facility, we can have more exhibitors and we do have more exhibitors down there but it’s not as easily accessible by the convention goers.

A number of attendees have recommended moving the event to the Tri-Cities where there is ample room for both at one location.

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

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