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Corr: We partner to serve growers

Any organization with a need for getting horticultural information to growers should think of us.

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Hansen: Building a world-class wine research program

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It’s a new era for viticulture and enology research in Washington.

Washington’s wine industry has started the process of building a world-class research program.

The industry has

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Morrison: Lessons in leadership

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The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation (AgForestry) is a leadership development program for adults working within and connected to Washington state’s agriculture, forestry and

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Benefits of the TPP

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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Warner: The never-ending story list

Since joining the Good Fruit Grower staff, I’ve probably written close to 3,000 articles and my colleagues thousands more.

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Johnson: A look back at our covers for 2015

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With Pacific Northwest orchards now well settled into their winter nap, their branches bare as the days grow colder and shorter, we’ve already started production work

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Corr: Watch for the 2015 Grower of the Year in our December issue

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We’re pretty excited about the December issue we are preparing right now, especially coverage of the 2015 Grower of the Year.

We name the winner in December.

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Food safety issues challenge industry

Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.

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Schlect: On the red carpet with President Xi

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Last Tuesday morning I was present as member of the welcoming committee for the official arrival ceremony for Present Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic

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Working in “Pearadise”

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An email popped into my inbox a few days ago. Simple and sweet, it read: “Hi Jared! Just wanted to say I really like the

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As legacy ends, another begins

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In England, the Yorkshire city of Huddersfield can be found near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme.

The town played a role

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Should you pay for travel time?

Travel time is not normally compensable, but there are exceptions.

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Chelan Fruit fires — Burned but not broken

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Several fires in North Central Washington are still very active, forcing evacuations, taking power out, damaging structures, and claiming lives.

It’s still too early to put a finger on

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Picking time

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The incredible, intricate sequence that takes the harvest from picker to packer has begun once again—of course, for some crops it’s already finished—and the signs

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Thurlby: The 2015 Northwest cherry season by the numbers

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Here we are in the first week of August and the 2015 Northwest Cherry season is all but over.

This will be the earliest finish for

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Just peachy!

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We’re in the middle of a spectacularly hot summer here in central Washington, and the fruit stands and supermarket aisles are packed with a bounty

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IFTA summer tour highlights gear to help fruit beat the heat

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The 2015 IFTA summer tour provided an intense learning environment for growers and researchers who took part in the the three day event in eastern

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Low snow spells trouble

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Months ago, I saw it coming. Crossing Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, I drove by ski runs that showed more dirt than snow.

That spelled

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Images show Lake Shasta’s drop; highlights California drought

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NASA’s Earth Observatory website released two images this week comparing Lake Shasta’s decline over a nine year period illustrating how drought conditions are impacting the

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A “blemish” on our cover? Oh no!

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We put a lot of effort into choosing spectacular covers for each issue of Good Fruit Grower, so you can imagine our surprise when this note

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Corr: Consumers decide

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The June 2015 issue of Good Fruit Grower examines how new varieties are changing the economics of the apple industry.

When the domestic market tilts toward

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Cheerful over cherries

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They’re coming! Those wonderful, succulent, sweet cherries are at this very moment growing on those beautiful trees right along with my anticipation. We all know

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Earthly endeavors

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A good orchard begins with good earth. And in orchard country, it’s quite a sight to see a new orchard take shape, with young trees

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Plum lucky—twice

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We love blossoms here at Good Fruit Grower, and this month we are fortunate to feature two wonderful photographs of unfurling blooms on our March

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Why telling our story matters: Good Point

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work

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DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work

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Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry. We have been preparing for months knowing that approval was

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Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

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● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in

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Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

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To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You

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Twilight and sunset

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We always tend to hear nice things about our covers, but this month’s two selections have brought quite a number of well-deserved compliments.

Selah, Washington, artist

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Schlect: State of the Union

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● The Foreign Agricultural Service has long been viewed as an elite arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, staffed with talented, aggressive trade negotiators

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Making peace with pears

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Being in a packing house at the height of harvest always amazes me. I am fascinated at all the interconnected pieces that take the fruit

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A prize pick!

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We asked 4-year-old Ciara Mullinax to pull a name from the hundreds of readers who entered our drawing for an Apple iPad during the recent

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A first for 2015

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January 1. Just writing that date stirs thoughts of what’s to come. Each year, we here at Good Fruit Grower put 17 dates on our covers, but

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Schlect: On the docks

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● This fall’s disruptions of ocean shipping–that have lacerated our tree fruit exports–beg for some type of long-term remedy. Unionized longshoremen should not have

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Vineyard, winery tour in southern France

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a 12-day springtime tour in southern France to visit some of the most celebrated regions of the

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A bit of history with the O’Brien brothers

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History runs deep in the O’Brien family’s orchards, which stretch along the lower Yakima River Valley just outside Prosser, Washington.

A couple of months ago, I

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Good Point: That unwashed grape

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

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Schlect: Immigration

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●  Now that President Obama has issued his executive order related to immigration, advocates for agricultural employers who have been working intensively but fruitlessly for

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Schlect: Cow paths and ports

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● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of our tree-fruit industry. Efforts by many of the commercial industries

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Schlect: Elections aftermath

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● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock of candidates to a significant national

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Cover blog: Fall of insights

Our November 2014 cover was shot by Yakima photographer Lance Johnson.

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Schlect: Cherry Street

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● The Produce Marketing Association has hired a new team, Cornerstone Government Affairs, to represent it in Washington, D.C. Hunt Shipman will be the main contact

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Schlect: Focus on United

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●  The New York Times Magazine issue of October 12 contains a feature article on the school lunch lobbying wars in Washington, D.C. Mentioned in this

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Good to the core

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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

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Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

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● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing the Food Safety and Modernization

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Schlect: Mr. Hastings

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●  Yesterday, Congressman Doc Hastings (R/Washington), who will be retiring at the end of the 113th Congress after two decades of service in the

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A note about our latest Pear cover

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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

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Schlect: From Russia without love

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● 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

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