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Fruit industry is our Boeing

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I was wandering through the exhibits at the Northwest Hort Expo at the Wenatchee Convention Center Tuesday, and was overwhelmed. The sheer high-tech flashiness of it all was impressive. You could spend the next several days gathering information on everything from pheromone sprays to postharvest fungus control to H2A-compliant portable housing. There were dozens of vendors and hundreds of people wandering in an out and hundreds more listening to presentations from a worldwide selection of experts and scientists, and an occasional lawyer, at the Washington Horticultural Association Annual Meeting.

“Have you ever seen one of these?” a vendor asked me, showing me a what looked like a clipboard with a form covered with more checkmarks and data than I had ever seen in one place.

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