Proceedings: 3rd National Organic Tree Fruit Research Symposium. Chelan, WA, Selections
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This section of the Proceedings 3rd National Organic Tree Fruit Research Symposium includes two presentations by David Granatstein and members of the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources: "Organic Tree Fruit Research Needs in Washington State" and "Trends of Organic Tree Fruit Production in Washington State." The abstract for the latter notes: Organic certification of tree fruit in Washington State began in 1988 with the establishment of the Organic Food Program (OFP) in the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture. We have been compiling statistical data on the organic sector in the state using their data (Granatstein and Dauer, 2000; Granatstein and Kirby, 2002). Our goal is to produce an annual update of organic tree fruit acreage in the state to provide growers and the industry with current information on these crops to aid in their business decisions. Modest changes in production acres can have significant impacts on the marketplace, and thus current information is essential. Also, our reporting provides a level of detail not available elsewhere, and knowing the trend by variety, for example, Red Delicious versus Gala, is critical, while data for generic ‘organic apples’ will be minimally useful for working in the fresh pack arena.