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

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As the Northwest Cherry season draws closer by the day … for the first time in six or seven years I am thinking that the

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Food Safety

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● The May 16 deadline looms for public comments on two of the proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. Given the complexity of these

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Snap, crackle, pop

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Our tree fruits often find themselves featured in the logos designed for special events. Some current examples: peach for this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in

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In Times of Plenty

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I think we can all agree the record Washington apple crop of 2012 couldn’t have happened at a better time. Severely reduced crop volumes in

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Merry Gone

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One of the federal sequestration cuts is the suspension by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service of several reports, including the first NASS estimate of the

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Return from Barcelona

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● This past Sunday I arrived back from Barcelona, Spain. There, I had attended the 2013 Global Food Safety Conference, the main annual gathering for

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Sasquatch

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● Sequestration is set to go into effect on March 1. I do not see this action being averted, so large automatic budget cuts in

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Optimistic about pears

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Recently, I had the pleasure to address a large number of growers at North Central Washington Pear Day in Wenatchee. The title of my talk

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Recess

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●  A powerful court decision handed down this past Friday involving Noel Canning and the National Labor Relations Board made page-one headlines in The New

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Plan ahead

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This week, I had the pleasure of giving presentations at apple meetings in Chelan and Wenatchee focusing on the good fortune Washington apple growers are

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Potomac Views

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● The Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agricultural Service of the House Agriculture Committee is now led by Austin Scott (R/Georgia). This week,

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Hudson Valley Apple Pie

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● If the apple industry of Washington state would like to address some of its trade access problems with the People’s Republic of China, now

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Drugged Media

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●  Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration released two of its proposed regulations implementing FSMA, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. They deal with

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Potomac Precipice

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● The fiscal cliff legislation, H.R. 8, that passed the House last night, did so by a vote of 257 to 167. The Pacific Northwest’s

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Activist Agenda

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● Over the past few years there has been a minor boom in publishing books critical of conventional systems of agricultural production. I try to

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A Glimpse of Washington State’s Future

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In the third week of July 2012, at the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors meeting, I decided to have a little fun. Around the

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Lame Duck

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● The 112th Congress continues to lumber towards its eventual close, with a raft of policy decisions still awaiting resolution. Most of my agricultural lobbyist

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My Apple Cup Runneth Over

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● Randy Green, a former Deputy Undersecretary of USDA and chief of staff to the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, soon will be joining a Washington, D.C.,

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A Peach of a Part

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● A bill to improve trade relations with Russia, H.R. 6156, was passed by the House of Representatives last Friday by a vote of 365-43.

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Post Election

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● At a news conference this week, President Barack Obama expressed optimism about moving comprehensive immigration legislation next year. Notably, in this context, he included

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The Election

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● It’s over.  President Obama will have four more years to fashion policy and lead the nation. The Senate will remain under the majority leadership

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Lincoln

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● The Organic Trade Association is boosting the idea of a multicommodity federal promotion and research program for organics. While a lengthy process is required

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Are the Apples Rotten?

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● November 6 will slam shut the door to the political future of many of those now running for office, while others will step lightly

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Futile and Weak

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●  One of my more enjoyable tasks is serving on the board of advisors to the Center for Produce Safety, which is located at the

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On the Hill in D.C.

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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

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Will We Miss It?

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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

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Jenkins Hill XI

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●  This Sunday I plan to travel across country to attend the Washington Public Policy Conference, an annual event of the United Fresh Produce Association.

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Northwest Cherry 2012 Season at a Glance

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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

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Jenkins Hill X

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This month, Ellen Terpstra was named the new chief executive officer of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. A good friend of mine

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Apple Anarchy

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● Four of life’s misfits have been charged in Georgia with murder and other crimes. All army personnel (one from Cashmere, Washington), the four allegedly

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Off and Running

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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

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Politics

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● For some reason known only to cheeseheads, Wisconsin has been at the center of a number of national political stories this year, including the

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Don’t Count Your Chickens…

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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

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Washington State Primary

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●  Tuesday’s primary in Washington clarified who will be running in the general election for the state’s ten House of Representatives seats in the 113th

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Farm Bill V

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●  Moving a Farm Bill through Congress this year has proved difficult. Why?  Because it represents huge expenditures of taxpayer dollars (mostly on social feeding

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Insane Coils of Red Tape

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● As a result of this year’s redistricting, commercial tree fruit growers will have reason to have constituent contact with four out of the ten

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PMA/United

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● The merger talks between the Produce Market Association and the United Fresh Produce Association have failed. It appears that the break point was over

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Farm Bill IV

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● The House Committee on Agriculture approved by a bipartisan vote of 35-11 its version of the Farm Bill late Wednesday night. H.R. 6083 now

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The Supremes

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● The Farm Bill is set to be marked-up by the House Agriculture Committee on July 13. Controversy has been sparked by both regional crop

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Farm Bill III

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● The U.S. Senate’s version of the Farm Bill, S. 3240, passed last Thursday by a vote of 64 to 35. Attention now pivots to

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Mexico

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●   President Obama acted last Friday to help many young people—those without the correct residency papers, but otherwise clean records—to  stay in our country and

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Farm Bill II

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●  The U.S. Senate’s version of the Farm Bill, S. 3240, now has over 220 floor amendments floating about it. Some of these are straight-forward

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Farm Bill

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● The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill, S.3240, today cleared its first procedural hurdle by easily surviving a cloture vote (90-8). Debate will now

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A Slow Boat to China

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The annual meeting of the Western Governors’ Association will be held at the Cascade Mountain Range resort of Suncadia, Washington, on June 9-12.  Governor Christine

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Primaries

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● Oregon: No surprises on Tuesday in terms of federal elections. All five members of the House of Representatives from Oregon appear to hold safe

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Jenkins Hill IX

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●  Senator Richard Lugar (R/Indiana) lost his primary reelection race on Tuesday. The senator, age 80, who has capably served in the U.S. Senate for

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Criminal Apples

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● The Leonardo Academy, located in Madison, Wisconsin, released on April 19 its draft document for a “National Sustainable Agriculture Standard/LEO-4000.”   This latest attempt to

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Stone Fruit Marketing in Canada

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I was able to attend the annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association conference through this past weekend in Calgary, Canada.

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Unite

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●  The United Fresh Produce Association sent out its ballot for 2012 officers and board members today. This brought to mind whether United might still

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Cool Weather Becomes Grower Friendly

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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

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