WSTFA Speakers Pt 2

WSTFA Speakers Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s

Fruit Grower Report. Opening day for next week’s Washington State Tree Fruit Association Annual Meeting and Hort Expo is filled with information.

David Magaña, who we talked with yesterday, will be this year’s keynote speaker, followed by this year’s Batjer Speaker, WSU Professor Emeritus David Granatstein who will be talking about a common subject these days, sustainability …

GRANATSTEIN … “First of all, it’s a hard word to say. I’ve never liked the word. It doesn't roll right off your tongue. So, that in itself, probably puts some people off. It sounds way too complicated.”

Beyond that, Granatstein says …

GRANATSTEIN … “It is difficult to describe. People want things that are cut and dried and you check the box and move on. To me that’s not what this really means. There are aspects where that happens, but that’s not the core meaning or reality of the term in my mind, or the concept.”

And sustainability, Granatstein says is an educational process …

GRANATSTEIN … “Absolutely, and I think that’s maybe the biggest thing I like to stress is that sustainability is not this thing, like a line you cross, like getting certified organic. To me, they’re related, but they’re not the same. Sustainability is much more of an evolving situation with whatever you’re doing.”

To hear that and much more, if you haven’t done so already, make plans to be at the 2023 WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Expo next week in the Tri Cities.

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