Apple and pear growers throughout the state have made an historic $27 million commitment to invest in tree fruit research and extension at Washington State University.

This gift represents the largest private commitment to WSU to date. This investment comes at a time when the $35 billion food and agriculture industry continues to increase its contribution to the state’s economy. Annually, the Washington tree fruit industry accounts for more than $6 billion of economic impact, with more than a third of that total derived from exports.


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