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WAEF scholarships total $850,000 for 225 students

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The Washington Apple Education Foundation has awarded 225 new and renewing students with scholarship support this spring. Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary

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Mike Wade is new president of U.S. Apple Association

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The U.S. Apple Association added several new members to its directorship in August.

The presidency moved from Mark Nicholson, from Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, New

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Des Layne takes new WSU position in Pullman

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Dr. Desmond Layne, hired by Washington State University three years ago as its tree fruit extension leader, has moved from Wenatchee to the Pullman campus

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McFerson named director of WSU Tree Fruit Research Center

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Dr. Jim McFerson assumed the new role of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in August, while still working as

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Heintz retires from Grape Society

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Deb Heintz is retiring after working for 20 years as executive secretary of the Washington State Grape Society. She will continue to work as executive

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A pear a day…

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Pears could have multiple health benefits, according to preliminary research at the North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Researchers there studied whether the peel, pulp, and

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C&O Nursery restructures management

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The board of C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, has restructured management of the company.

Todd Snyder, formerly company secretary, succeeded Jack Snyder as president and chief

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U.S. apple growers expect smaller crop

USApple estimate at 234 million; down about 41 million from 2014

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First day observations from the U.S. Apple outlook conference

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Richard Lehnert, Good Fruit Grower associate editor, is attending the U.S. Apple Association crop outlook conference in Chicago and wrote a notebook from the first

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Researchers honored at Hort Science conference

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Four postharvest physiologists fared well in early August, gaining recognition for their work during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in New Orleans,

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Intrexon buys biological insect control company, Oxitec

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company that describes itself as involved in synthetic biology, has agreed to buy Oxitec, of Oxford, England, a pioneer

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Washington apple crop is down 10%

Washington State will harvest 125 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the apple industry’s first official estimate of the season.

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WSU seeks stinkers for survey

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Have you stumbled upon a stinkbug lately? If you have, researchers in Yakima, Washington want to know more about your encounter.

Washington State University’s Mike Bush

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Codling moth will have a third generation this year

Late flights might cause fruit damage.

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Tips to work with rest break ruling

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Following the Washington Supreme Court’s July 16 ruling on Demetrio v. Sakuma, growers in the state are required to pay for rest breaks to piece

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WA Supreme Court: Pay farm workers for rest breaks

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The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for rest breaks.

The Yakima Herald Reports:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Piece-rate farm workers must

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We’re on the road with IFTA’s Regional Tour in WA State

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Good Fruit Grower has a team covering the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2015 Regional Summer Tour in Washington State.

We’ll have forthcoming reports on our web

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Cornell hosts fruit tour for Spanish-speaking employees

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Cornell University extension’s Lake Ontario Fruit Team is organizing its first-ever summer tour for Spanish-speaking employees. It will be held in Orleans Country the afternoon

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More bees lost in summer than winter

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Twenty-three percent of managed honeybee colonies were lost during the past winter, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s slightly down from the last

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Schlect appointed to USDA committee

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Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, has been reappointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. He is the sole

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Jim Flore named Cherry Industry Person of the Year

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Michigan State University horticulture professor Jim Flore gladly accepted and quickly donned the official red sports jacket as he was honored as Cherry Industry Person

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Northwest cherry growers have shipped a record 15.2m boxes

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Through July 6th, Northwest cherry growers have shipped 15.2 million 20-lb. boxes of fruit. That’s 21 percent more than the previous record and 124 percent

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Fruit businesses assess damage after Wenatchee fire

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A wildfire that started as a brush fire near Wenatchee over the weekend affected several tree fruit businesses and destroyed 28 homes.

Embers from the burning

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2015 Fruit Crop Guesstimate is in

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Fruit growers and processors met in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24 to take an early shot at guessing the size of the some of the

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Growers wait for guest workers

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The Washington Farm Labor Association (WAFLA) is drawing attention to the plight of Mexican guest workers, who have been stranded at the U.S. border, and

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McGrath to lead Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation

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Sheryl McGrath has been appointed to succeed Dave Roseleip as president of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation.

Roseleip retired at the end of June

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Washington Apple Commission hires export coordinator

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Lindsey Huber has joined the Washington Apple Commission staff in Wenatchee as export marketing coordinator.

Huber earned a degree in agribusiness with a minor in international

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Holtzinger Fruit Company hires Dave Henze as president

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Dave Henze has been appointed president of Holtzinger Fruit Company in Yakima, Washington, to succeed David Lawrence.

Henze has more than 18 years’ experience in the

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WSU appoints Penn State’s DuPont to succeed Smith

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Tianna DuPont, extension educator with Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed by Washington State University to succeed Tim Smith as tree fruit extension specialist based

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Many WAFLA workers cleared to cross border

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(Updated June 18)
Nearly 200 workers who were designated for cherry harvest in Washington have been granted visa wavers by the U.S. State Department, Washington Farm

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Organic exemption expected soon

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon introduce a rule exempting organic growers from paying mandatory promotion assessments to federal marketing orders.

This will mean, for

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Broetje Orchards to pay $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants

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Broetje Orchards of Washington State, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The

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Optimize water use with Irrigation Scheduler

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Irrigation management is especially critical during drought years, when reduced mountain snowpack results in less irrigation water to orchards and vineyards in some areas

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New guide focuses on non-crop host plants used by spotted wing drosophila

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Spotted wing drosophila do not depend on fruit and berry growers’ crops for their food, shelter, and reproduction. They can live in non-crop host plants

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Cornell publishes series on apple IPM for beginners

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Cornell University has published a new integrated pest management series of 15 fact sheets under the title “Apple IPM for Beginners.”

The series was edited by

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Northwest pear production remains stable

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Orchardists in Washington and Oregon expect to harvest 20.5 million boxes of fresh pears this fall. That’s just 2 percent below last season’s crop and

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Drought relief funding available for Oregon farmers

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Farmers in nearly half of Oregon’s counties can apply for $2.5 million in USDA drought relief funding through June 26. The money is available to

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China’s ag agency says yes to all varieties of U.S. apples

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from

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Fruit Crop Guesstimate June 24 in Michigan

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The 60th annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate will be held June 24 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The annual early look at

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Water relief workshops, tips, and USDA aid available for growers

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With temperatures rising and water restrictions starting in Washington and other western states, several announcements to help growers through the coming season are cropping up.

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New Washington ag director appointed

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Next month Washington State will have a new director of agriculture. Derek Sandison was appointed on May 21 by Governor Jay Inslee to take over

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NW Cherry Growers expect crop to drop 15 percent from last year to 19.7 m boxes

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Northwest cherry growers expected to harvest just under 20 million boxes of fresh cherries this season, down from 23 million in 2014.

During Northwest Cherry Growers’

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Lewis-Clark Valley appellation proposed

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published a notice of proposed rulemaking on April 14 to establish the more than 300,000-acre Lewis-Clark Valley

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New requirement for growers to receive crop insurance

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There’s a new requirement for growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support.

The 2014 Farm Bill tied federal crop insurance subsidies to conservation compliance, so

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California Fresh Fruit Association elects officers

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David Jackson of Family Tree Farms in Reedley, California, was re-elected chair of the board of the California Fresh Fruit Association for the 2015-2016 fiscal

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Mathison joins 40 under 40

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West Mathison, president of Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Washington, has been named as one of Vance Publishing’s 2014 class of “40 Under 40” young leaders.

Experts predict

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Alegria chairs apple board

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Jon Alegria, president of CPC International Apple Company in Tieton, Washington, has succeeded Barbara Walkenauer of Selah as chair of the Washington Apple Commission’s board

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Apple imports from China allowed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a final rule that will allow Chinese apples to be imported into the United States, effective May 29.

The

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Growers League opens farmworker housing

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U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse took the opportunity to visit the new Brender Creek seasonal farmworker housing complex in Cashmere while in Washington State this week.

The

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Videos teach precision crop load management

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Cornell University has posted three new videos on YouTube that explain how to do—and the benefits of—precision crop load management.
The video titled “Precision Crop Load

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