Tree Fruit in 2023 Pt 1

Tree Fruit in 2023 Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. As the new year gets underway, the tree fruit industry is looking back and ahead to what might be in 2023.

Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, says 2022 ended well with the Annual Meeting and Hort Expo in Wenatchee …

DeVANEY … “Yes, we had a really successful meeting. It was fantastic to have everyone back in person. We had a few speakers who did participate remotely, now that we all know how to do that technology, we can bring in some distant speakers or those who had scheduling conflicts. But that was the exception rather than the rule. All of our attendees were there in person and the vast majority of our speakers were on site.”

Those attendees, DeVaney says, really seemed to enjoy themselves …

DeVANEY … “So, it was much more of a return to a normal meeting. And you can tell that people were really excited to be back together in person. There were a lot of fantastic conversations going on at the trade show and in the hallways, in addition to the presentations and the meetings.”

DeVaney says it’s really an educational experience …

DeVANEY … “Absolutely! I think that it’s always helpful for folks to be able to both look back at things that have been challenges recently and what we may have learned from them, but also looking forward to, what are things that we could be doing now or in the future to be responding to similar kinds of challenges.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on our challenges and how things look moving into the new year.

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