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

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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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Schlect: Rediscovery of an advisory committee

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● 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

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Thurlby: Northwest cherries shipping, selling at near record volumes

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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,

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

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● 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

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Schlect: D.C. departures

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● 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

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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).

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Corr: Our Gov is a Good Fruit Grower reader

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Before he went into full-time politics, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee worked as a lawyer in apple growing Selah, Washington, where his clients included Tree Top.

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Corr: Skeena has edge in Round #2 Cherry estimate

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In their latest published estimate for the cherry crop, Northwest Cherry Growers remain bullish. This year’s crop is expected to be 40 percent over last

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Corr: the science, skill and beauty of a new orchard

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I pass this field daily on my way to Good Fruit Grower’s offices in Yakima, Washington.

Our magazine reports on the latest research on best practices

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Corr: California growers criticize University of California

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One of the great strengths of the American food industry is the strong partnerships between universities and grower groups. That’s especially evident in Washington State,

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Schlect: United Thawed

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●  The American Frozen Food Institute has launched a 30 million dollar national effort to “encourage consumers to take a fresh look at frozen foods.”

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Corr: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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The staff of Good Fruit Grower started accounts with Facebook and Twitter as part of our  effort to improve how we get news and information

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Thurlby: Northwest cherry team on the go through first crop estimate

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The promotion staff at the Northwest Cherry Growers has been all over the globe over the past several months.

Likewise, the phone continues to ring with

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A little paint covers our latest issue

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Our May 15, 2014, cherry issue cover is a reproduction of an original oil painting by Kathleen Coy of Council Bluffs, Iowa. I first used

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Schlect: On a roll

Anne MacMillan has left her post as deputy chief of staff to Secretary Vilsack at USDA to join Roll Global,

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Growers advised to prune crab apples (VIDEOS)

Dealing with Manchurian crab apple postharvest storage diseases

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