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Longtime WSU extension agent officially retires

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WENATCHEE — Tim Smith worked with about 1,400 tree fruit growers when he came to North Central Washington in the early 1980s as a horticultural extension agent for Washington State University.

That number has dwindled to about 800 today. And the average age of those growers is much older today than 30 years ago.

“A lot of 40-acre orchards have turned into 120 or 160-acre orchards,” said Smith, who officially retired Friday after nearly 40 years with WSU.

Smith’s job,…

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