Forced by an imaginary event last year due to the CVD epidemic, fruit growers, arms dealers and other people in the agribusiness industry will gather in person at this year’s Washington State Fruit Association’s annual meeting and Fruit Expo next week in Yakima.
Both events will be held Monday through Wednesday, December 6-8, at the 117th WSTFA Conference at the Yakima Conference Center and the Enway Hort Expo Convention Center and the Yakima Valley Sunday.
This year’s WSTFA meeting will address topics such as technology, horticulture, security, finance and manpower under the theme “Prepare for hurricanes and smooth sea voyages,” said meeting committee chairman Jordan Matson.
“We live in a region where no one is better off than anyone else,” said Matson. “We have a lot of potential to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. I think these factors give us hope for the future.
The Horticulture Expo is free and open to the public, with 180 vendors having booths displaying their equipment and services. Most of these will be displayed in SunDome, the rest in the Convention Center Hall.
The NW Hort Expo is available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to Wednesday at SunDome. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Convention Center and Wednesday 8 8 p.m.
Parking is free at SunDome, and shuttle buses operate between the two stations.
Pre-registration is required to attend the annual meeting of the Tree Fruit Association.
The meeting will open on Monday at 8 am with Matson comments; John Devani, President of WSTFA; Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticulture Council; Diane Curl, senior vice president of the Apple Apple Association; And Craig Green, President and CEO of Tree Top Inc.
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Seminars will be held on Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings on economics, tree breeding and physiology, pest control, legal challenges and more.
Spanish morning seminars will be held at the district convention center on Tuesday mornings and afternoons.
For more information, visit wstfa.org and click the “Annual Meeting” tab.