Legal & Regulatory

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.
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    Obama’s immigration order reduces risk of growers losing current employees

Obama’s immigration order reduces risk of growers losing current employees

By |November 25th, 2014|

 

I recently saw a movie where the main character had a sticker on his mirror that read: “A [...]

Not all consumers opposed to GMOs

By |November 24th, 2014|

How to measure the activism and attitudes regarding GMOs.

Hort Council appoints information specialist

By |November 21st, 2014|

Drew Toop will join the staff of the Northwest Horticultural Council as regulatory information specialist on December 8. Toop, [...]

Tree fruit groups do well with new MAP funding

By |November 20th, 2014|

The nation’s tree fruit organizations fared well in 2015 funding allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access [...]