Training Events Schedule
2016 Crop Season
According to the requirements of the systems approach for the export of stone fruits (apricots, peaches & nectarines) to Canada and the work plan for the export of apricots to Mexico, participating packing facilities must have trained employees to conduct the cull cutting portion of these protocols. Mexico requires two trained technical employees, while Canada merely requires that trained people do the work.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington State University conduct two group training sessions in May: one in Yakima; and one in Wenatchee. If you missed the session in your area you will need to contact your WSDA inspector (or other local agency if outside of WA) for in-house training.
2016 OFM Training Schedule & locations: training completed
If you missed this training and still need cull cutters to be certified, contact your regional WSDA office or the inspector assigned to your facility.
The annual Apple Industry Export Workshop covering updates in the various apple export programs (this year: China, Mexico & Taiwan) is hosted each year by USDA and the Northwest Fruit Exporters (NFE). Facilities wishing to export must be registered with NFE (or NHC for Taiwan). This meeting is intended for industry personnel involved with packing and shipping apples for export (owners/managers, packing/shipping supervisors, those responsible for cold treatment, and documentation personnel).
9:30 am Tues., July 27th- Wenatchee Red Lion Hotel, located at 1225 N. Wenatchee, Ave., Wenatchee 98801 map
9:30 am Wed., July 28th - Yakima Howard Johnsons, located at 9 N 9th St., Yakima WA 98901 map
If your facility has not received a meeting notification packet please contact Northwest Fruit Exporters (NFE) or Northwest Horticultural Council (NHC) to ensure you are currently registered in the appropriate apple export program.
NFE: 509-576-8004 NHC: 509-453-3193
Taiwan: Training is mandatory for people who do not have a Pest Consultant's license (PCO) or Commercial Applicator's license. Those without either license must attend training to perform orchard or field bin sampling. Training should be repeated every two (2) years. People who attended training last summer (2015) are not required to attend, but refresher attendance is strongly advised by NHC and USDA/APHIS to keep you apprised of any work plan changes. It is also advised that anyone with a license but unfamiliar with the Taiwan protocol attend training. Certified cull cutters may perform field bin sampling if informed of bin sampling protocols. Official forms must be used for all phases of the work plan. You can download the instructions and forms here.
China: The 2015 export work plan for exporting apples to China is still in affect and to be used for the remaining 2015 crop apples and the new 2016 crop apples. All facilities wishing to export to China must have 2 trained cutters. If your cutters trained in 2015 for the China protocol, retraining is not required.
The schedule for this years field/bin/cull cutter combined training sessions has been scheduled. If you cannot attend any of these sessions and need to be trainined, here are your options:
- You only need field/bin sample training (for Taiwan): contact Wendy Jones by email: email@example.com or call her at 509-663-8181 x260; you will need to schedule a time to go to Wenatchee for this training.
- You need bin/cull cutter training/certification For Taiwan and/or China sample training: You will need to contact WSDA for this training. They will likely do this in-house at your facility.
Taiwan Cull Cutter Certification
Orchard & Bin Sampling training does not replace cull cutter certification - Re-certification of cull cutters is requested by WSDA for a minimum of 2 cutters per facility every other year (Taiwan only).
All of the scheduled sessions combine Cull Cutter Certification with Orchard & Bin Sampling training. Classes are FREE, but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. These joint sessions are a great way to have all your Taiwan export training needs met for your employees. However, if you add cutters to your facility or someone missed one of the scheduled sessions, you will need to contact your state inspector or regional inspections office to arrange training. To reserve space(s) please contact Wendy Jones by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (509-663-8181 x260) or fax (509-662-8714) with your contact information (phone and or email), the facilty name, the number of people to attend (not names), and which session they will attend.
Note: China's 40-fruit sample procedure will also be covered at all sessions.
10 am Thursday, August 4th - WSU-IAREC conf. rm., 24106 N Bunn Rd., Prosser, WA 99350 map
10 am Wednesday, August 10th - WSDA classroom, 21N 1st Ave., Yakima, WA 98901 map
1:30 pm Wednesday, August 10th - WSDA classroom, 21N 1st Ave., Yakima, WA 98901 map
10 am Friday, August 12th - WSU-TFREC conf. rm., 1100 N Western Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801 map
10 am Tuesday, August 16th - Double Diamond lunch room, 1801 F St. SW, Quincy, WA 98848 map
10 am Tuesday, August 17th - Chelan Fruit lunch room, 500 Chelan Falls Rd. (Hwy 150), WA 98816 map
10 am Wednesday, August 18th - Gebbers Farms C-line lunch rm., 25985 Highway 97, Brewster, WA 98812 map
If you are from Idaho, Oregon or California (also covered by the Taiwan work plan) please contact your state's Department of Agriculture's inspections office or regional USDA-APHIS office. See our Quarantine Pest page for contact information.