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Tree Fruit Economics

Washington State is blessed by climate as one of the top tree fruit producing regions in the world. Washington growers feed consumer demand in not only the United States, but also in export markets throughout the World. However, the world market for tree fruits is highly competitive. Effective economic knowledge is integral to both the Washington growers’ profitabilty and consumers’ satisfaction. WSU’s Tree Fruit Economics website has several publications relating to the costs of establishing and maintaining orchards, market price analytics, enterprise budgets, the cost of organic production and a host of other related topics.

Tree Fruit Economics Working Group

The Working Group addresses relevant and timely issues on the economics of tree fruit with focus on Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The intent is to improve the economic knowledge about demand, supply, market structure, and trade, while providing outreach to industry and policymakers.


  • Karina GallardoExtension Economics, Co-director of IMPACT; Consumer demand analysis and economics of technological change; Puyallup Research and Extension Center
  • Thomas Marsh, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics; Consumer demand, modeling commodity markets, quantitative methods, natural resource economics; Pullman, IMPACT Center
  • Jill McCluskey, Professor of Economics; Product quality and industrial organization, consumer preference; Pullman, School of Economics
  • Ron Mittelhammer, Regents Professor; Econometrics and statistics, stochastic economic analysis; Pullman
  • Suzette Galinato, Res. Associate and Project Director; Environmental economics, developmental economics, farm production, sustainable agriculture; Pullman, IMPACT Center


Recent Publications in Tree Fruit Economics

(for full list please visit the Tree Fruit Economics website)

Apple Related

Pear Related

Sweet Cherry


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