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Horticultural, Pest & Disease Control Board

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The tree fruit industry is a vital part of Okanogan County's economy.  Okanogan County has over 28,000 acres of deciduous fruit trees producing many varieties of apples, pears, cherries and stone fruits.  The tree fruit industry is by far the largest industry in the county generating over $250,000,000 in revenue, dollars that remain in the community.   The tree fruit industry provides employment for 30% of the population in Okanogan County.  Apple growers produce as large a crop as the states of New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California and equal to the combined production of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Idaho and Oregon.

Washington State tree fruit growers are world leaders in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  In Okanogan County growers are proactive in their management practices to reduce the use of pesticides and provide abundant, inexpensive and healthy fruit.

It is imperative that we protect these valuable crops from injurious pests and diseases.  The Okanogan County Horticultural, Pest and Disease Control Board provides information in controlling horticultural pest and diseases through WSU Cooperative Extension spray programs and as service to home owners offers free removal of fruit trees.

For free removal of unwanted fruit trees and a $25 tree exchange for an ornamental plant call 322-1286.

For more information or for free tree removal call Okanogan County Pest Control, Dan McCarthy/ agent 322-1286 or 486-2404.


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