KENNEWICK, Wash. — Washington State University researchers want to know what type of licensing arrangements growers prefer when buying future releases of newly-patented tree fruit varieties.

Karina Gallardo, a WSU agricultural economist and Extension specialist, conducted a survey of growers at the Washington State Horticultural Association annual meeting at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on Dec. 1-3.

The survey will be expanded with questionnaires emailed to growers in February, she said.

Growers are asked how much they are willing to pay for a one-time fixed fee per tree, a per-box royalty on fruit sold from an orchard over its lifetime and a combination of both, Gallardo said.

They also are asked about their tolerance for risk, said Jill McCluskey, a WSU economics professor and collaborator with Gallardo in the survey.

Results will be known in May or June.

— Dan Wheat

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