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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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Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest expect the 2015 crop to fall below the previous season’s record harvest in their Round 2 report.

Northwest Cherry Growers

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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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Michigan Association of Pomesters honor Klein

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Joe Klein Sr., owner of Royal J. Klein and Son Orchard of Sparta, Michigan, has been named Fruit Person of the Year by the Michigan

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Brunner named Apple Citizen

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Dr. Jay Brunner, who has played a key role in the transition to softer pest management programs in tree fruits over the past three decades,

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USDA Approves Record-Breaking Purchase of Apples

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US Apple Association today issued the following news release:
 Vienna, Va. – April 29, 2015 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service

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McFerson applies for WSU director job

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Dr. Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for the past 14 years, has applied for the position of director of Washington

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SWD and BMSB pest workshop this month

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A spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stinkbug focused seminar will be held in Hood River, Oregon, on April 30, for small, diversified farmers in

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Don Mercer to be inducted into Wine Hall of Fame

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Horse Heaven Hills pioneer Don Mercer will be inducted in the Legend of Washington Hall of Fame in August by the Walter Clore Wine and

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Another record harvest for wine grapes

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Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Washington fruit commission representatives reappointed

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Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit Commission on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Council for

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Apple specialist retires

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Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired March 1.

She joined OMAFRA in 1981 and worked in fruit

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Cold Train officers file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF railway

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Two former officers of Cold Train Express Intermodal Service have filed a $41 million lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, alleging they suffered

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Kennewick packer earns certification

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Columbia Fresh Packing, an apple and cherry packer in Kennewick, Washington, has received U.S. Department of Agriculture certification for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling

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New Zealand wind machine is now available in U.S.

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A portable wind machine developed and manufactured in New Zealand is now being distributed in the United States by Chamberlin Agriculture. The machines can be used

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Growers get tree audits

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Fruit Rights Australia Inc., a company set up a year ago to deter illegal propagation of stone fruit varieties, announced recently that growers Steve and

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B.C. growers elect board

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Members of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association in British Columbia, Canada, reelected Fred Steele as president for 2015, with Bhupinder Dhaliwal as vice president. Also

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Washington Wine Commission releases marketing videos

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The Washington Wine Commission has released a new educational marketing video called “Our Story” to visually tell about the state’s wine industry, its history, people,

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Ballard retires from clean plant program

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After helping to expand Washington State’s grape industry through public and private entities for more than 35 years, Gary Ballard, operations manager of the Clean

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Growers partner to buy orchard

Fourteen families joined the venture with their cooperative Scotian Gold.

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Big hopes for small apple

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The Italian company Kiku Variety Management has big hopes for its small apple called Isaaq, which is being promoted as a snack apple.

Isaaq is being

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Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

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Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made

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Judge blisters EEOC for "frivolous" case against growers

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A federal judge has issued a blistering critique of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency had brought a lawsuit against growers that was

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Washington governor declares drought in three regions

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought emergency for three areas of the state, setting in motion money, temporary permitting and other relief for

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Antibiotic registered for fire blight control

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The bactericide Kasumin (kasugamycin) has been registered in the apple growing states of Washington, Michigan, New York, and Oregon for control of fire blight in

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Fine growth regulator receives EPA approval

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Fine Americas, Inc., has received a Section 3 registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the plant growth regulator Kudos (prohexadione calcium) for use

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Satellite imagery updated

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Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached an agreement with Planet Labs to provide satellite imagery for its AgVerdict software.

AgVerdict is a decision-making tool that combines field-specific data

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Companion has organic listing

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Growth Products of White Plains, New York, has introduced Companion, a new broad-spectrum biological fungicide that has been approved for use in organic production.

The active

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Dick Bartram, 1920-2015

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Retired Washington State University Cooperative Extension agent Richard “Dick” Bartram, who was an authority on apple maturity and storage, died February 19, aged 94.

Bartram was

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Portable tester measures sugar, color, and maturity

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Felix Instruments has introduced a hand-held meter for instantly and non-destructively measuring sugar content, color, and maturity of fruit. The F-750 NIR Handheld Produce Quality

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FMC releases biofungicide

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FMC Corporation has developed a new broad-spectrum, biological fungicide called Fracture for control of powdery mildew, botrytis, and brown rot blossom blight. It is registered

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Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

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Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from

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Huge apple crop keeps pressure on prices

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The huge national apple crop has put tremendous down pressure on prices, but fresh shippers have done a great job even with the Washington record

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Richard Lehnert of Good Fruit Grower earns MSU distinguished service award

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Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from

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DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work

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Why telling our story matters: Good Point

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By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work

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Wine grape business workshop offered this month

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Four workshops focused on reducing wine grape revenue losses will be offered on March 18 and 19 in Eastern Washington to growers and individuals working

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Positions open for Washington Wine Commission

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Wine grape growers and producers who are interested in joining the Washington Wine Commission board are asked to apply before March 20, 2015. Five, 3-year

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Crab apple pruning demos

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Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to

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Awards presented at IFTA’s Nova Scotia conference

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The International Tree Fruit Association named Charles Embree its 2015 Outstanding Researcher of the Year during its 58th annual conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia,

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Intrexon to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits for $41 million

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Intrexon Corporation, of Germantown, Maryland, a company focusing on synthetic biology products, has agreed to acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), of Summerland, British Columbia, the

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Ag job fairs planned in Eastern Washington

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Agricultural job fairs have been announced for three communities in Eastern Washington centered on educating Spanish speaking workers about employment programs in the state. The

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Processed pear committee elections set for Washington and Oregon

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Oregon and Washington processed pear committee positions are open for election. The three committee positions in each state will be elected in public meetings in

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USDA clears non-browning GMO apples

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced today (February 13) its decision to deregulate the first two non-browning apple varieties,

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Stark Bro’s testing new apple Scarlet Star

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Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Company is testing a new apple, named Scarlet Star, that was discovered as a whole-tree mutation in an orchard in

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Nearly $4 million available to crop grant winners

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Washington growers applying for federal crop block grant money in 2015 will have a larger pool than the previous year. With nearly $4 million expected

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Sign up for free pesticide disposal

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Washington growers looking to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides for free need to contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture before February 27, 2015, to

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Valent to market Asana insecticide in U.S.

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Sumitomo Chemical Company has acquired DuPont’s Asana insecticide business in the United States. Asana (esfenvalerate) will be distributed through Valent U.S.A., a subsidiary of Sumitomo.

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