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Jim McFerson


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Jim McFerson was born and raised in Midwest. In 1975, Jim received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Horticulture; in 1977, an MS in Horticulture from Texas A&M, and in 1982, Jim earned his doctorate in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From 1983-1988, Dr. McFerson worked as a vegetable breeder for private seed company, and from 1989-1998 Jim was a Research Geneticist with USDA Ag Research Service at Cornell University in Geneva NY.

Jim has been the manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission since 1999, and is also an adjunct faculty member with WSU’s Horticulture Department.

McFerson has been active in pursuing the National Tree Fruit Technology Roadmap and many industry research groups:
- Rosaceous Genomics, Genetics, and Breeding Executive Committee
- Tree Fruit Technical Advisory Committee
- Prunus, Pyrus, and Malus Crop Germplasm Committees
- US Apple Research Committee Specialty Crops Research Team.

Jim lives in Wenatchee with his wife: Carol, who is an Outreach Coordinator with Columbia Valley Community Health. They have two daughters: Maureen – a WSU student, food science major, and KC, a philosophy major at Seattle University.