January 15th 2012 Issue

Refugees available for orchard work

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For growers who find the H-2A foreign guest-worker program too daunting, hiring refugees might be a way to ease labor

Why do new varieties fail?

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In spite of the 70 breeding programs around the world developing new tree fruit cultivars, most new varieties are disappointments

Vineyard and winery financing

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From a banker’s perspective, vineyard loans in Washington State can generally be categorized as high risk or low risk, with

Grape nursery sales remain strong

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Cabernet Sauvignon vine sales are still strong, though Merlot and Chardonnay sales softened last year, says Jeff Sample.
Melissa Hansen

Nursery grapevine

In the box

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Good Fruit Growers of the Year
Dear Good Fruit Grower:

For some in Washington State, the selection of the Rice family as

High-tech nursery launched

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Dr. Amit Dhingra, genomicist with Washington State University, has set up a new company to produce fruit varieties, rootstocks, and

What’s the appeal of Honeycrisp?

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Honeycrisp admirers describe the popular variety as being sweet, juicy, and crunchy.

Honeycrisp apples have delighted consumers with their taste and

Reds likely to reign overseas

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As the Washington State apple crop shifts in terms of varieties and volumes, the Washington Apple Commission must match its

Who’s in charge?

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Roles of industry organizations

Organization
Responsibility

Washington State Horticultural Association
•Education (annual meeting)
•State legislative and regulatory issues
•GRASSP food safety program

Northwest Horticultural Council
Federal legislative, regulatory,

Honeycrisp is set to soar

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A Washington State agricultural economist ­predicts that production of Honeycrisp in Washington State will soar during the next ten years

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