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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.

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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

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Washington’s 2015 drought losses estimated at $700 million

April 20th, 2017|1 Comment

State agriculture department releases final estimate

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Northwest pear growers will continue marketing order

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Overwhelming majorities in favor of order

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Yakima pear handler nominations set

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Yakima, Washington, handler position on the Fresh Pear

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Castagnoli named director of Mid-Columbia Research Center

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

He's been with center for almost 17 years.

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Working safely with Fumitoxin in orchards – A grower’s perspective

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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By Sean Gilbert

Gophers and other underground pests can cause significant damage to fruit tree orchards

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Washington Apple Commission announces marketing plan

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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As part of its new, five-year strategic plan, the Washington Apple Commission has proposed focusing

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Disaster loans available in Pennsylvania

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced eligibility for disaster loans related to a frost

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Gillison’s donates mechanical planter to Michigan State researchers

March 16th, 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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National Grape & Wine Initiative names new president

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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

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Mercer Canyons settles H-2A lawsuit

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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A Central Washington farm that grows tree fruit and wine grapes has agreed to pay

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AgForestry to graduate 38th leadership class

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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AgForestry announced the graduation in April of its 38th Leadership Program class.

Here’s the press release:
Today’s

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Safe spaces the focus of Ag Safety Awareness week

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The theme of this year’s Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is “Get Out of My

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Medford fresh pear handler nominations set

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Fresh Pear Committee handler position for Medford, Oregon, will be held March 28 in

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Wine grape research seminar set for April 19

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Registration is open for Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology, a research-focused seminar designed for grape

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Processed pear handler election set for Hood River

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Processed Pear Committee handler position for Oregon District No. 2 will be held

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WSU to host event on climate’s effect on grapes

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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In the Pacific Northwest, the warm spring and summer of 2016 led to the earliest

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Spanish irrigation workshop set for Hood River

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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An irrigation management workshop in Spanish is scheduled for March 29 in Hood River, Oregon.

The

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Pear handler election set for Wenatchee, Washington

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Wenatchee, Washington, district position on the Fresh Pear Committee

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Washington wine grape harvest sets record

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington state’s wine grape harvest set a record in 2016, according to the Washington State

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Washington wine fundraiser nets $145,000

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised more than $145,000 at its Feb. 8 fundraiser event

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Pear handler election set for Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Fresh Pear Committee handler position for the Mid-Columbia District will be

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Second day of IFTA conference highlights tree systems, rootstocks and awards

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60 annual conference featured a slew

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First day of IFTA tours focuses on the future

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference

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Discussion in Seattle March 29: Exploring how mushrooms can help bees survive

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Can the mushroom hold a key to survival of honeybees?

That topic is the focus of a

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Wanted: Spanish translators of horticultural articles

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower is looking for qualified persons to translate English articles into formal Spanish

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A Washington grower says if immigration reform is coming, let’s do it right

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

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Jim Colbert, an apple and cherry grower in Chelan, Washington, made a case in The Seattle

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Three growers elected to Washington Apple board

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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Mark Stennes, James Foreman and Jon Alegria were elected to three-year terms as members of