Reporting from Asia

By |May 6th, 2013|

TOKYO, Japan — As the Northwest Cherry Season quickly approaches I am spending two weeks meeting with importers in [...]

Stern Truths

By |April 30th, 2013|

● Last Friday, I attended a breakfast meeting in Yakima hosted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s advisory board. [...]

STAX

By |April 25th, 2013|

● Max Baucus (D/Montana) announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. [...]

A Week Awhirl

By |April 19th, 2013|

● This week provided a spike of activity on three major agricultural policy fronts: food safety, immigration reform, and [...]

Priority No. 2

By |April 15th, 2013|

As the Washington apple production increases and U.S. apple consumption remains flat (if not arguably declining), we all agree [...]

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

By |April 15th, 2013|

As the Northwest Cherry season draws closer by the day … for the first time in six or seven [...]

Food Safety

By |April 12th, 2013|

● The May 16 deadline looms for public comments on two of the proposed rules implementing the Food Safety [...]

Snap, crackle, pop

By |April 2nd, 2013|

Our tree fruits often find themselves featured in the logos designed for special events. Some current examples: peach for [...]

In Times of Plenty

By |April 1st, 2013|

I think we can all agree the record Washington apple crop of 2012 couldn’t have happened at a better [...]

Merry Gone

By |March 27th, 2013|

One of the federal sequestration cuts is the suspension by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service of several reports, including [...]