A Yakima, Wash.-based produce packaging distributor has donated $75,000 to Washington State University's tree fruit research and Extension programs.
The funds from H.R. Spinner will be used to help develop 3 acres of research orchards, according to a news release.
One acre is located at the university's Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Yakima, and the other two are at the university's Sunrise Research Orchard near Wenatchee.
H.R. Spinner President Ed Jewett said the donation is designed to support the entire tree fruit industry.
"While our company focuses on packaging solutions, we absolutely recognize the importance of a healthy tree fruit supply chain, beginning with the planting of trees to the apple arriving to consumers,” Jewett said in the release.
The $75,000 is just the latest gift to the university.
In September 2011, apple and pear growers in the state voted to invest $27 million over eight years to support university tree fruit research and Extension.
It marked the largest single gift toward the university's goal of raising $1 billion.