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prominent name in the province's tree fruit industry passed into history on May 28 with the death in Kelowna of Ian Greenwood at the age of 83. Born in Victoria and raised in Nelson, Greenwood obtained a degree in agriculture and food science from the University of B.C. in 1949. In 1952 he joined Sun-Rype Products Ltd., where he spent the next 30 years, many as general manager. In 1971, he was appointed president of B.C. Tree Fruits, in addition to heading Sun-Rype, and held this dual position until he retired in 1982. He served on the UBC senate and in 1976 was appointed to the board of governors, serving as chairman in 1978-79. He was also a founding chairman of the B.C. Press Council, where he served for six years. In 1988 he accepted a position on the board of the B.C. Science Council and served as Interior manager of B.C. Research through 1993.


Predeceased by his wife Lucille (2008) and his eldest son Glen (1978), Greenwood is survived by his two sons, Bruce of Vancouver and

Scott of Moorestown, NJ, Deanie Greenwood, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild...

The orchard industry lost another familiar face recently as Elsie Claridge, of Oyama, wife of long- time grower and industry stalwart Allan Claridge, and mother of grower Don Claridge, died March 24 at the age of 82... Laurent Pellerin has resigned as resident of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to become chair of the Farm Products Council of Canada.

A hog farmer from Saint-Grégoire, Québec, Pellerin was elected as CFA president in 2009 and had served on the CFA executive for over ten years. “In speaking with Canadian farmers across the country, I have learned a tremendous amount about the diverse issues that farmers face in Canada and I look forward to continuing to work with industry in my new role,” said Pellerin.

Leadership duties of the CFA will be shared in the interim by Ron Bonnett and Garnet Etsell until elections for all three executive officer positions are held at the CFA annual

general Meeting in February 2011... New York is the second-leading U.S. state for apple production, with apples generating about $30 million in sales annually — second only to Washington State. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to assure a brighter future for New York's apple growers. He plans to introduce the APPLE Act (Apple Profit Protection for Local Economies), which would authorize the Department of Agriculture to award $20 million a year in low-interest loans or grants to help farmers rip out unprofitable apple trees and replace them with more profitable varieties. People are turning to new varieties such as Honeycrisp, but apple farmers find it difficult to invest in these new varieties to keep pace with trends. While applauding Schumer's APPLE Act, growers are quick to note the apple industry has other problems as well as the public's changing taste in apples. There is, for example, the issue of labour and the need for immigration reform so apple farmers have legal workers available to harvest crops... Sound familiar?

British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Summer 2010


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