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Taiwan orchard/bin & cull cutter training – Yakima

August 10, 2016

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The Taiwan Systems Approach Work Plan for exporting apples to Taiwan requires orchard sampling or field bin sampling to determine orchard lots eligibility for consideration for export. Those performing orchard and/or bin sampling must attend a mandatory training session (every 2 years) if they don’t have a Pest Consultant’s License (PCO) or a Commercial Applicator’s License issued by WSDA.
The work plan also requires facilities wishing to export apples to Taiwan to have a minimum of 2 certified cull cutting technicians to sample for codling moth infestation. Certified cull cutters may also perform the field bin sampling prior to running fruit to determine lot eligibility. Retraining should be repeated every 2 years.

This training session will cover both orchard and field bin sampling, and cull cutter certification. In addition to the Taiwan sampling protocols, China’s 40-fruit sample technique will be included for industry convenience. Anyone that trained last year doesn’t need to attend again this years (i.e., no significant changes to either work plan).

2 Yakima Sessions:

Due to the large number of people attending training in Yakima, this year there will be 2 separate sessions offered back-to-back. Pre-registration is required in advance to ensure seating. If you fail to register, you could be turned away at the door if there are no remaining seats.
Session 1: 10am, WSDA 2nd floor classroom
Session 2: 1:30pm, WSDA 2nd floor classroom

How to Register:

To reserve seating, contact Wendy Jones (by phone: 509-663-8181 x260; or email: with your request no later than 5pm, August 8th. Space will fill quickly, so get your requests in ASAP.
Please provide the following information:
– Facility or Orchard name
– Session preference (10AM or 1:30PM)
Number of people attending (names not required)
– Contact person’s name and phone number  (critical in case seats fill prior to receiving your request)

Additional information can be found here:


August 10, 2016


Wendy Jones, WSU Extension


WSDA Yakima
21 N 1st Ave.
Yakima, WA 98901 United States
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