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Understanding the carbon footprint of tree fruit

July 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The tree fruit industry is getting a lot of questions about the carbon footprint of fruit production systems. Washington tree fruit growers are seeking resources to assess and report, and methods to improve carbon credits in their farms.

We are hosting an educational forum to bring in global, national, and regional expertise to describe existing efforts to develop and present information on tree fruit carbon footprints, and to facilitate a dialogue on how the PNW tree fruit industry can take critical next steps to address this need.

Pre-registration is required.
Register today at

S.16th Ave y Nob Hill Blvd. Yakima, WA 98902
Conference Center Meeting Room D
Yakima Valley College & Zoom


2:00 -5:00 Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 893 8865 6539
Passcode: 186819

2:00 –2:10 Welcome and introduction. Chad Kruger, WSU, TFREC Director. Molly McIlquham, WSU, Soil Health Initiative

2:10 –3:30 The state of the science on measuring carbon footprints of tree fruit systems

  • Carbon Budgeting: Resources and case studies in tree fruit – Eduardo Arellano, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Measuring carbon fluxes in orchard systems – Andrew Bierer, USDA ARS

3:30-4:30 PANEL I Research panel discussion
Moderator: Molly Mcilquham, SHI Extension Coordinator, CSANR

  • Carbon models for organic soil amendments – Kirsten Ball, WSU CSANR (by Zoom)
  • Apple Life-Cycle Assessment effort – David Epstein, NHC

4:30-5:00 PANEL II – Industry Panel
Moderator – Bernardita Sallato, WSU Extension

  • Brandon Lewis, Sustainability Manager, Manulife.
  • Erick Smith, R&D Taggares.
  • Jonathan Cox, R&D Double Diamond Fruit

5:00 pm Adjourn


July 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Washington State University