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IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

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IFTA in Michigan, Day One: fruit set was not affected by netting

July 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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In western Michigan, the center of the state’s fresh apple industry is located on a

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NY Apple Association makes staffing changes

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The New York Apple Association has announced that its president and CEO Cynthia Haskins will direct the association's marketing and promotional activities for the 2017 apple crop.

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FutureFarm Expo set for August 15-17

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The first public demonstration of a virtual reality operated vineyard robot will take place during the FutureFarm Expo on August 15-16 in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Lake Ontario Tour shows wide range of New York tree fruit farming

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.

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Bryant Christie Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bryant Christie Inc., a company that helps agricultural, food and beverage producers open and expand

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Scholarships offered for United Fresh Washington Conference

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.

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OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

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Bernardita Sallato joins WSU Extension

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bernardita Sallato has been named Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension Specialist in South Central Washington.

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IFTA seeks new management and staffing proposals

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) seeks proposals from individuals or management companies to provide

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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Five companies honored with Produce Innovation Awards

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Five products were honored with Produce Innovation Awards at the United Fresh Produce Association’s event in June.

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WSU wine researchers win distilled spirit honors

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A team from Washington State University took home top honors at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, for research on spirits using a technique traditionally used on wine.

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New estimate points to record NW cherry crop

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Now that cherry harvest is in full swing, growers have updated their estimate of the crop size.

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Cornell professor wants you to name his new grape

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

At twice the size of a Concord, a new grape developed in New York is certainly a mouthful. So is its current name: NY98.0228.02.

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Oregon State to fill 2 vacant hort positions

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Oregon State University will hold two meetings this summer to discuss the filling of two

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Amazon purchase of Whole Foods a sign of big disruption in food retailing

June 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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America’s grocery stores are undergoing tremendous change.

Profits face downward pressure. Consumers are buying more from outside

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Northwest cherry harvest begins

June 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The Northwest cherry season has begun with growers picking early varieties like Early Robin, Chelan and Santina, among others, according to Northwest Cherry Growers.

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Interpera Congress addresses industry inertia

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

About 150 people attended the first day of Interpera 2017, this year’s World Pear Congress meeting, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Wenatchee.

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Limited supply of new NW cherry color cards available

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Get ‘em while they last.

New cherry color and size cards from Northwest researchers are available

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U.S. congressmen ask for analysis of Polish apples

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.

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Chelan Fresh, Columbia Valley Fruit enter agreement

June 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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Six weeks after announcing a merger with another fruit company, Chelan Fresh has entered into

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Journalism fellowship at GFG

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower magazine is looking for a journalist who is fluent in Spanish and

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Oregon Cherry Growers processing business purchased by California cooperative

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The processing side of Oregon Cherry Growers, a grower cooperative, has been purchased by Pacific Coast Producers, a California co-op that processes and packages produce for retail and food service.

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Foundation awards grant to combat spotted wing drosophila

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in

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Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

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A Long goodbye for Oregon horticulturalist

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Thursday’s preharvest cherry tour, held every year in the Columbia Gorge areas of Washington and Oregon, concluded with a farewell celebration to Lynn Long, the horticulturist who usually leads it.

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Same grapes, different names

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A long running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by researchers at Missouri State University.

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L.A. Times: Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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From the Los Angeles Times:
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last

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Vanguard International buys Pride Packing

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Vanguard International Group of Issaquah, Washington, has purchased Pride Packing Co. of Wapato, Washington, to further its goal of developing a vertically integrated fresh-fruit organization.

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Holtzinger Fruit changes name to Fourth Leaf

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Holtzinger Fruit Co., the only packer in Washington that works solely with independent growers, has changed its name to Fourth Leaf Fruit Company.

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Phytelligence partners with Cornell to grow Geneva rootstocks

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Agriculture biotech company Phytelligence has announced a partnership with Cornell University.

Here’s the news release:
Phytelligence has

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Sanitation workshops set for May 31, June 1

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will host cleaning and sanitation workshops on May 31 in Naches, Washington, and on June 1 in East Wenatchee, Washington.

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Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which

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Seattle Times: Tree Top uses surplus peaches to feed hungry

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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From The Seattle Times:
There’s the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Tree Top,

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BC Tree Fruits Cooperative issues cherry forecast

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is estimating a 2017 crop of 12 million pounds of cherries, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

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NW cherry growers forecast 227,000-ton crop

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Cherry growers from five Northwest states expect about 227,000 tons, or 22.7 million 20-pound boxes,

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Processed Pear Committee looking for public member nominations

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The public member position of the Processed Pear Committee will be up for nomination during the committee's annual meeting.

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WSDA dedicates research greenhouse to study plant viruses

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The newest research greenhouse in Prosser, Washington, will dramatically expedite and expand the tree fruit

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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Round One estimate of new cherry crop: 21.8 million 20-pound boxes

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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The first cherry crop prediction of the year calls for a big, if late, season.

Growers

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The buzz is growing for Cosmic Crisp

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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Cosmic Crisp has been a huge topic among growers for years, and now the variety

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WSDA to dedicate state-of-the-art greenhouse

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Department of Agriculture will formally dedicate on May 11 a $750,000 greenhouse intended to support the tree fruit industry.

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Washington state’s Borton Fruit, Chelan Fresh to merge

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Two longtime Washington state fruit companies will join forces when Chelan Fresh merges with Borton Fruit this summer.

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Oregon State researcher Wang has died

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr. Yan Wang, who led postharvest physiology research at Oregon State University, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 27. His age was not immediately available Friday.

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FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshops

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Registration for the Washington State FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshops is now open. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will host two workshops in collaboration with the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) from UC Davis, the Northwest Horticultural Council and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, on May 9 in Yakima and May 11 in Wenatchee.

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Who knew? DNA research shows honeycrisp has a royal ancestor.

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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A University of Minnesota researcher has found new answers to the origin of Honeycrisp and

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Gillison’s Variety Fabrication donates mechanical planter to Michigan State University

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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A donated piece of equipment will help Michigan State University fruit research stations plant more

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Brown named president of National Grape & Wine Initiative

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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Donnell Brown has been named president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative, succeeding Camron