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Tree Fruit 2020 Impact Report

From the Dean

Working together for a resilient industry

Information and Technology Transfer Endowment

The endowment addresses specific industry challenges, and to develop coordinated and effective communication with industry partners.

Tree Fruit Endowed Chairs

The Endowed Chair for Tree Fruit includes Physiology and Management and Postharvest Systems.
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Research Orchards and Facilities: Your Support in Action

The Research Orchards and Facilities Endowment keeps WSU tree fruit research labs, orchards, and equipment modern and effective.

New WSU Leadership

New WSU leadership in Tree Fruit, Horticulture, and Food Science.

New Endowed Chairs

CAHNRS is currently preparing to add four endowed faculty positions advancing tree fruit research.

An investment in the future

In 2013, state fruit growers finalized a promise for a $32 million endowment fund—the largest gift in Washington State University’s history—to make WSU a globally competitive tree fruit research institution. Developed in partnership with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, the endowment was initiated through grower-voted assessments in the apple, pear, cherry, and stone fruit industries.

The fund supports priority research projects, modern test orchards and equipment, outreach efforts, and personnel, energizing WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Program to solve the challenges of today, and prepare for a more profitable and sustainable tomorrow. Priorities are guided by the Tree Fruit Endowment Advisory Committee (EAC), whose membership is appointed by organizations including the Northwest Fresh Pear Committee, Washington State Fruit Commission, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, and the Washington Apple Commission.

Current EAC Members

  • SAM GODWIN, Chair,
    Godwin Family Orchard
    Gilbert Orchards
    Zirkle Fruit
    Foreman Fruit Company
    Underwood Fruit
    Matson Fruit Company
    Stemilt Ag Services