Legal & Regulatory

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.
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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 [...]

Fighting food fraud with forensics

By |November 20th, 2014|

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

Schlect: Cow paths and ports

By |November 19th, 2014|

● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of our tree-fruit industry. Efforts [...]

New EPA program focuses on pesticide drift reduction

By |November 16th, 2014|

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of safer [...]

Labor worries spur automation effort

By |November 7th, 2014|

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.