WENATCHEE, Wash. — "A Vision for Apple and Pear Orchards of the Future," is the title of the 34th annual Batjer Address to be delivered at the 109th annual meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association by Terence Robinson, professor of pomology at Cornell University in New York.

Robinson, an applied fruit crop physiologist, will speak at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 2, the first of the three days of the meeting, post-harvest conference, horticultural exposition and trade show at the Wenatchee Convention Center. More than 100 vendors are expected to display equipment and materials about services. The theme: "Is Your Orchard Ready? Preparing Your Operation for the Next Generation."

Panel discussions the opening morning are on finding winning new apple varieties and effective orchard systems.

Bud Hover, director of the state Department of Agriculture, will speak at a noon leadership luncheon.

Other topics of presentations during the three days include food safety, finding and retaining good pickers, a proposal for consolidating four industry trade organizations, orchard automation and mechanization, controlling pests and diseases and the market influence of small cherries.

For more information and registration: www.wahort.org.

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