Out of the Orchard

Agency directors from Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and New York give their take on the world of tree fruit. View blog

The Wind Machine

Occasional thoughts on the politics and activities of Washington, D.C., as they may have relevance to our tree fruit industry. View blog 


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The Art, Science…and Luck of Cherry Crop Estimation

It’s June 12th 2013 and the Northwest Cherry harvest for this season is officially underway. We saw our first shipments leave the industry on June 7th.   Volume over the next week or so is expected to be very limited. We have shipped just over 300,000 boxes to date and [...]

The Apple Cart

●  A new group is being formed to help American agricultural interests better understand and interact with the international trade policy structure in Beijing. It is to be known as the U.S.-China Agriculture & Food Partnership. Players such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cotton Council International are working to [...]

Boughs Loaded With Fruit

●  I attended United Fresh 2013 last week in San Diego, the annual convention and trade show of the United Fresh Produce Association.  Over the years the number of both attendees and exhibitors has slowly declined at this traditional event. The trade show floor now is more weighted to [...]

To The Midway

Immigration Reform and the Farm Bill are both moving, however haltingly, on Capitol Hill. We will soon see if either–or both–of  these controversial measures has enough political momentum to advance beyond committee mark-ups to actual enactment.
Next week is the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention, held this year [...]

Reporting from Asia

TOKYO, Japan — As the Northwest Cherry Season quickly approaches I am spending two weeks meeting with importers in Korea and Japan.   Our Director of international business, Keith Hu, and I had some great meetings last week in Korea.  It’s been several years since I have seen Asian importers [...]

Stern Truths

● Last Friday, I attended a breakfast meeting in Yakima hosted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s advisory board. (The center is a joint effort of the University of Washington and Washington State University that fosters collaborative public policy.) About 35 people were present: most notably, Bill Ruckelshaus (age [...]


● Max Baucus (D/Montana) announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. Senator Baucus is chairman of the Finance Committee and has been a powerful figure on a range of federal issues, including international trade policy. Former policy aides of his are [...]

A Week Awhirl

● This week provided a spike of activity on three major agricultural policy fronts: food safety, immigration reform, and the Farm Bill.  The time to comment on proposed food safety rules will likely be extended by 120 days, according to a top official at the Food and Drug Administration; [...]

Priority No. 2

As the Washington apple production increases and U.S. apple consumption remains flat (if not arguably declining), we all agree increasing fresh apple consumption is priority No. 1.  True as this statement is, another potentially devastating issue looms even larger on the immediate horizon—market access.  Washington isn’t the only state [...]

A New Cherry Season Brings Hope, Opportunity and Plenty of Challenges

As the Northwest Cherry season draws closer by the day … for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking that the 2013 crop has the potential to begin harvest during the first days of June.

In this business, what appears to be “so” in April might [...]