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Schlect: Immigration reform and dried cherries to the rescue

● Democrats are attempting this week to underscore the lack of movement on immigration reform in the House of Representatives by filing a committee discharge petition. If successful, this would get the measure to the House floor for a vote. This attempt has zero chance of practical success, [...]

A cover a quilter will love

The photo of Hood River orchards in bloom that appears on our March 15, 2014 cover is reminiscent of a quilt made up of farms and homes and blossoming trees instead of fabric.

The photographer, David Cobb of Mosier, Oregon, is new to Good Fruit Grower, but another of his [...]

Schlect: The Serbian scallywag

●  Sarah Bittleman, who was the senior agricultural counselor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  is now on U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s staff as legislative director and is also a key legal adviser to the Finance Committee. Senator Wyden (D/Oregon) is the new chairman of Finance.

●  Next Wednesday, I [...]

How we got that stunning March 1 cover

Pest management, the theme for Good Fruit Grower’s March 1 issue, is often a challenge to illustrate.

This year, we were fortunate in that Phil Hull submitted a series of striking photos of an aplomado falcon being flown for bird pest abatement in a Yakima Valley vineyard near Cold Creek [...]

Good Fruit Grower improves service to growers

As the Northwest Tree Fruit Industry races toward 2014, the team at the Washington State Fruit Commission has been racing to meet the new year head on with powerful promotion programs for stone fruit and a new approach to content at WSFC’s flagship grower educational vehicle … Good Fruit [...]

Locke out

● Two non-browning Arctic Apples have cleared an important regulatory hurdle, with USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service announcing on November 8 that the two genetically engineered apples do not pose a pest or disease risk if introduced into commercial production in the United States. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. [...]

Mr. Foley

● Initiative-522, on labeling genetically-engineered foods, failed this week (55.83% to 45.17%) in Washington state. I thought it would pass, but apparently the well-funded anti-I-522 campaign was successful in pointing out to voters the many flaws in this proposed retail labeling measure. It did carry Seattle’s King County by [...]

The Big Easy

● On Wednesday, I travel to New Orleans for the annual convention and trade show of the Produce Marketing Association. Along with absorbing information at  PMA’s educational sessions and meandering around and through the extensive trade show floor, I will be attending side meetings to be held by the [...]

Shut Down

Last week I attended, along with about 500 others, the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual Washington Public Policy Conference. The partial shut-down that occurred with the end of the federal government’s fiscal year–Monday at midnight–threw something of a wrench into the event’s planned two-day schedule. Some officials were unable [...]

That fellow behind the tree

Earlier this week I attended a legal education seminar on estate planning as part of my obligation to keep my law license current. While the technical details were unfathomable to me, I did come away with renewed contempt for our nation’s overly complicated tax system and increased despair that [...]