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Good to the core

I find myself consumed with the details in this issue’s cover — a brilliant painting by Cleveland artist Brooke Figer. Yes, it’s just a simple picture of an apple core, but I can almost taste the crunch in the thick, textured strokes. And I really love the title of [...]

Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), with comments due by December 15. Our growers will be especially interested in changes to the FSMA rules for determining the safety [...]

Schlect: Mr. Hastings

●  Yesterday, Congressman Doc Hastings (R/Washington), who will be retiring at the end of the 113th Congress after two decades of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, endorsed Dan Newhouse to be his successor. Unsurprisingly, the other Republican candidate in the race, Clint Didier, did not find [...]

A note about our latest Pear cover

Readers who enjoy editor Geraldine Warner’s in-depth reports have a new reason to appreciate her talents.

When she’s not covering the tree-fruit industry, Geraldine is also an award-winning quilter. Last month, Geraldine created a Good Fruit Grower wall hanging, featuring a magazine cover with a pear, as a gift to [...]

Schlect: From Russia without love

● Russia’s economic ban on U.S. agricultural goods will affect the Pacific Northwest’s apple and pear export programs this coming crop year. While the loss of direct sales is a concern, there are also the indirect impacts. For example, where will all the European apples that ordinarily were [...]

Schlect: Rediscovery of an advisory committee

● Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday his long-awaited appointment of 25 members to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, a private-sector committee that provides advice to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
Only one person on this national advisory committee is from the Pacific Northwest: Paul Newman of Washington state’s [...]

Thurlby: Northwest cherries shipping, selling at near record volumes

As the saying goes in the cherry industry, the only thing that’s the same every year is that it will be different.  As an industry, finding ourselves on the back part of our crop as we near August is nothing unheard of…even crops as recent as 2007 historically wound [...]

Schlect: Vetter clears Senate, takes U.S. chief agricultural negotiator job

● Darci Vetter, on July 10, cleared the Senate’s confirmation process and now holds the job of “U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator” at the office of the United States Trade Representative. She moves into USTR’s Winder Building from USDA, where she was deputy undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services. [...]

Schlect: D.C. departures

● Eric Cantor’s primary defeat and subsequent resignation as majority leader has set in motion a search for a new majority leader. This will almost certainly be Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican from the fruit and vegetable producing Bakersfield area. Raúl Labrador (R/Idaho) is in this leadership race, but [...]

Grim: Washington’s industry consolidation has reached the bell lap

Two and one-half years have passed since West Mathison broached the idea of industry consolidation in Washington State at the December, 2011 Annual Meeting in Wenatchee of the Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA).