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Welcome Dr. Blakey

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Dr. Robert Blakey arrived in Washington the week of August 15. He is the first WSU Extension Information Technology Transfer Specialist (ITT) hired through the Tree Fruit Industry Endowment. As an integral member of the Tree Fruit Extension Team, Rob’s program will focus on tree fruit postharvest issues. Dr. Blakey comes with significant industry experience having worked as a research horticulturalist for a leading multinational supplier of fresh subtropical fruits in South Africa exploring fruit quality and production optimization throughout the value chain. He is a graduate of the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. He and his wife Emily have two young boys – ages 2 and 5.

Dr. Blakey is located at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser WA. He can be reached at 509-786-9284 or

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