Legal & Regulatory

People count at Duckwall Fruit

By |December 17th, 2014|

Duckwall’s mission is to mold a team who will achieve the best possible results for its growers and customers, and ultimately consumers.

Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

By |December 4th, 2014|

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

Latino Leadership Award 2014: José Ramirez

By |November 28th, 2014|

His philosophy has always been that you can’t wait for things to happen around you. You have to make them happen.

New tree fruit association will expand services

By |November 28th, 2014|

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

By |November 27th, 2014|

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

By |November 26th, 2014|

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

A tale of two harvesters

By |November 26th, 2014|

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

Organic fruit attracts customers

By |November 26th, 2014|

Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago [...]

Good Point: That unwashed grape

By |November 26th, 2014|

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.
  • Agriculture officials from China visit an apple packing line in Yakima, Washington on September 16, 2014. The officials met with Northwest growers and packers regarding export protocol compliance.(Courtesy Bob Bishop, USDA Trade Specialist)
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    Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

By |November 25th, 2014|

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.