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On the Hill in D.C.

Last week, I joined 500 produce industry professionals in Washington, D.C., for the United Fresh Public Policy Conference. Two highlights were the march on Capitol Hill and the Fresh Festival.

United Fresh briefed all attendees on some of the most pressing topics and concerns to the produce industry in the [...]

Will We Miss It?

With 300,000,000 middle-class consumers—and growing—China is Washington State’s fourth-largest export market and has been identified as the number-two growth market for Washington apples in the next five years.

But U.S. apple exports to China have been halted since August 9 because no new import permits have been issued that allow [...]

Northwest Cherry 2012 Season at a Glance

The final sweet cherry shipments from the Pacific Northwest left the industry this weekend, bringing an end to a challenging, but record-breaking season.  Here at Northwest Cherry Growers, we have been meeting with numerous retailers, growers, and sales-desk personnel across the industry. It appears that no grower, sales agent, [...]

Off and Running

As you are harvesting pears OFF your trees, we are RUNNING to get our marketing programs in place to help ensure a good, positive start to the season.

The Pear Bureau’s regional marketing managers are calling on retailers and providing customized analysis and merchandising suggestions. In the home office, we [...]

Don’t Count Your Chickens…

On the surface, what a year 2012 could be to a Washington State apple grower!  If you have the good fortune to have avoided the weather events, the picture is quite rosy for another profitable season for Pacific Northwest apple growers.  New York and Michigan, Washington’s primary domestic competitors, [...]

Stone Fruit Marketing in Canada

I was able to attend the annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference through this past weekend in Calgary, Canada. This year, the show had over 3,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors. Canada continues to be a key market for Northwest Cherries, absorbing over 2.1 [...]

Cool Weather Becomes Grower Friendly

Over the last few weeks, New York Apple growers have cursed the cold weather, but are now praising the cooler days and nights. We experienced some freezing temperatures the last week in March across the state. Lows of 19 were reported, and a number of 23-26 degree lows were [...]

Freeze warnings!

Tonight could be the night we talk about all year.

Hard freeze warnings are forecast across New York State for tonight, with predicted lows in the low twenties and teens in the North Country. Already the media is having a heyday and would write the crop off at 4:00 p.m. [...]

March Madness

As an avid NCCA basketball fan who lives for March each year, the Madness is not only about my team.This year, it is about the WEATHER!

Never before can anyone remember a March in New York State as warm as this one. Actually, the same can be said for February, [...]

Lurking market issues

The 2011-2012 Washington State apple season has been a warm welcome to the financial stability of our industry.  Movement has been excellent and price trends are above last season, although we still have approximately 46.1% of the crop remaining to ship.

As the U.S. economy continues to stumble towards a [...]