Cherry growers’ annual meeting Jan. 10

YAKIMA – Cherry producers can look forward to pesticide recertification and the crowning of the 70th Cherry King at the annual Cherry Institute, to be held Friday, Jan. 10, at the Yakima Convention Center.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a luncheon program featuring Jeffrey Charbonneau, national teacher of the year, as a guest speaker.

The noon luncheon will also feature the crowning of the Cherry King, selected by secret ballot of past Cherry Kings. The Cherry King is an honor recognizing outstanding service to the cherry industry.

Producers will be able to qualify for two pesticide recertification credits by attending the full program.

Other highlights will include speakers addressing such topics as cherry production in Europe, an update on honey bee colony collapse, modifying management plans for spotted wing drosophila, an update on the brown marmorated stink bug, advances and concerns in powdery mildew management and management strategies to avoid lethal cherry viruses.

Other planned presentations include a horticultural research update, a report on the WSU cherry endowment fund, the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on the tree fruit industry and a review of the 2013 cherry season.

Registration fees at the door are $35 for lunch and meeting, $20 for the meeting only and $20 for lunch only.

For more information call 509-453-4837 or email


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