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Washington growers should prepare for sick leave requirements to take effect

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting Jan. 1, Washington growers will have to start providing paid sick leave for all

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Grape prices, fungicide resistance likely heading up

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The acreage of juice grapes in Washington continues to decline, but the price is likely to go up next year, said Trent Ball at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting on Friday. Challenging growing seasons in Argentina, Spain, and California mean global supplies are down.

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Blakey joins Stemilt

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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Rob Blakey has left his Washington State University endowed position as the tree fruit extension

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Oregon State looking for cherry growers to develop pest plan

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.

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Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention set for Jan. 30-Feb. 1

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

More than 2,400 fruit, berry and vegetable growers are expected to attend the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention set for Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Wenatchee district pear grower, handler nomination meeting set

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Wenatchee district grower position and a handler position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Veterans see future in WSU wine program

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

There’s something about all the hands-on work that attracted Nick French, a former Air Force mechanic, to the wine industry. He likes getting his hands a little dirty and working with equipment.

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Number of apples in storage up 8 percent from 2016

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

194.4 million bushels of apples were reported in storage as of Nov. 1, an increase of 8 percent over last year and 15 percent above the five-year average, according to a report from the USApple Association released Thursday.

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Keyes Packaging hires Burroughs as VP

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Keyes Packaging Group of Wenatchee, Washington, has hired Jeff Burroughs as vice president of business development.

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Yakima district pear grower nomination meeting set

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Yakima district grower position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.

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Report says Apple Commission overbilled by contractor in India more than $500k

November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Commission overpaid a contractor in India more than $500,000, according to a state investigation first reported by The Wenatchee World newspaper.

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Apple pesticide study results released

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released the results of its 2017 study of apple pesticide residue.

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Cherry and apricot marketing boards to make nominations

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee and Washington Apricot Marketing Committee will take place during industry meetings in January. The committees establish grade, size and pack regulations for fresh cherries and apricots from designated counties in Washington state.

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75th Cherry Institute set for Jan. 12 in Yakima

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The 75th annual Cherry Institute is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Yakima Convention Center.

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Sprouts Farmers Market named Pear Retailer of the Year

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

For the second straight year, the pear industry has granted the Pear Retailer of the Year honor to a Phoenix-based natural foods store.

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Napa Valley wineries largely dodge wildfire destruction

October 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Wildfires that killed 40 people and burned thousands of homes and businesses in Northern California left wineries in the Napa Valley mostly unscathed, according to a survey by a nonprofit association.

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Underwood Fruit plans to rebuild after fire

October 20th, 2017|2 Comments

The federal government is investigating a fire that destroyed a pear packing facility in Bingen, Washington, while the company is rerouting its fruit and some of its employees to other Northwest packers.

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Stemilt will use virtual reality for tours at PMA show

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.

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European Cherry Fruit Fly found in NY

October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed that European Cherry Fruit Fly is now present in Niagara County, New York. The invasive pest was first detected in North America in Ontario, Canada, in 2015.

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Good Fruit Grower earns grant for Spanish coverage

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced this year's recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds.

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Ferguson joins Pear Bureau

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Neil Ferguson has joined Pear Bureau Northwest as a communications specialist.

Ferguson recently worked as a

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Produce Safety training courses set for Wenatchee

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training courses on Oct. 24 and 25 in Wenatchee, Washington.

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For sale: huge tract in prime Walla Walla location

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s a heck of a view for a vineyard. Nobody has planted one yet, but

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Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training set

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2 in The Dalles.

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Michigan State Extension seeks survey participants

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State University Extension is looking for participants in its Fruit Team Impact Survey.

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House bill would revamp H-2A program

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest tree fruit industry groups tentatively praised Monday’s effort by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, to revamp the nation’s agricultural guest worker program.

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Wa Tree Fruit Research Commission is hiring

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, an agency whose work is invaluable to the tree

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WSDA seeking participants for vineyard study

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for participants for their vineyard survey.

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Justices hear arguments on farmworker piece-rate wages

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington State Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Sept. 14 at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on the question of whether employers should be mandated to pay their piece-rate workers a separate hourly rate for work not directly connected to production, such as training or waiting for equipment.

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Apple maggot quarantine may include potted trees

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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State officials in Washington are considering adding certain potted plants to the list of commodities

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Piece-rate details back in court

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The legal vagaries of piece-rate compensation will continue Sept. 14 when Washington’s Supreme Court hears arguments about whether growers should have to pay their workers separately for meetings, traveling to and from orchards and other forms of “unproductive time.”

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Grape & Wine Issues Caucus set for Nov. 14 in Yakima

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington Winegrowers and the Washington Wine Institute will hold their Grape & Wine Issues Caucus on Nov. 14 in Yakima.

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WAEF hosting ESL forum in Central Washington

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Education Foundation will host its fifth adult English as a second language forum on Sept. 13 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. The forum is open to providers of adult ESL located in Central Washington.

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Perry, cider’s understated cousin, making its own name

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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by Linda Weiford, WSUNews

An alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears that was a favorite drink

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Cosmic Crisp field day rescheduled

August 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington State University has rescheduled its field day for the WA 38 apple, better known as Cosmic Crisp.

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USApple 2017 forecast: big drop in Midwest, slight drop in West, slight increase in East

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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Apple growers expect to produce upwards of 248.2 million bushels for the 2017-18 crop year,

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NAFTA is the talk of USApple Outlook conference

August 24th, 2017|1 Comment

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The three parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Canada

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Unusual property coming on market near Walla Walla

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

A land brokerage has announced a call for bids on a roughly 6,000 contiguous acre plot near Walla Walla, Washington.

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European Union predicts down year for apples

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The European Union is estimating a 9.343 million metric ton apple harvest for the 2017-18 growing season, down 21 percent from 2016, according to a press release from Interpoma. The total is equivalent to about 10.3 million U.S. tons, or 1.03 billion 20-pound boxes.

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Free event in Yakima for growers Sept. 21 on intellectual property management

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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A free Intellectual Property Washington Summit for growers will be held Sept. 21 at the

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California eyes changes to chlorpyrifos regulation

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The California Environmental Protection Agency has announced that two state agencies are pursuing actions that could lead to increased restrictions on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide.

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Cherry pesticide residue survey results available

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The results of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s seventh annual cherry pesticide residue survey are now available.

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WSTFA releases hand washing training video

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association has released a training video on hand washing for tree fruit packing house employees.

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New version of UC Produce Facts app released

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of

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Steinbach named Michigan Apples dietician

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan Apple Commission has named Shari Steinbach the official dietician of Michigan Apples.
Steinbach is

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Washington state authorities find live female gypsy moths

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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After more than 40 years of trapping, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has discovered

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A layman’s guide to reading research articles

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two Washington State University extension specialists have released a free guide to help readers wade

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Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

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Report: European apple forecast down 21 percent

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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The World Apple and Pear Association is forecasting a 2017 European apple crop that will

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Northwest pear growers announce 2017 fresh market volume estimate

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.