A tale of two harvesters

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

Obama's immigration order reduces risk of growers losing current employees

Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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Tree fruit groups do well with new MAP funding

  • November 20th, 2014

The nation’s tree fruit organizations fared well in 2015 funding allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program. Ten organizations representing tree fruit will receive more than $16 million of the $173 million allocated to help expand export markets.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the MAP funding allocations for fiscal year 2015 yesterday. The 2015 MAP allocations increased [...]

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During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

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