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Grape canopy control

Juice grape growers can manage size of vines with pruning, irrigation and maybe some thinning.

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Washington Association offers Spanish language training workshops

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is hosting a series of educational training workshops in collaboration with its industry partners, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L

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Lawyer asks: can the EEOC be an ally of fruit industry?

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As a prominent Washington grower agrees to pay a fine, its lawyer asks why can’t U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, treat the industry like an ally rather than an adversary?

The quote comes from

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H-2A is expensive but essential

McDougall and Sons takes pride in its housing camps.

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Learning to fight Listeria

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Kathleen Glass started working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute 30 years ago, studying various microbes — primarily those turning up in the meat and dairy industries — and assisting with food safety

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Okanagan seeks USDA approval for non browning GMO “Arctic Fuji”

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Canadian grower Okanagan Specialty Fruit is seeking USDA approval for a third non-browning apple, which it calls the Arctic Fuji. This would follow earlier federal approval for the company’s genetically-modified Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, which

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Food safety research focuses on packing

Scientists hope to reduce food safety risks in Washington apple packing houses.

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Gathering data for food safety

Research will help inform the FDA and producers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented.

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Mexico to impose duties on U.S. apples

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The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7, as its investigation continues into an antidumping complaint brought by growers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.

Mexico is the

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Tree Fruit Day in Olympia planned for January 26

Don’t miss out on a one-day opportunity to have your voice heard by Washington lawmakers

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Benefits of the TPP

Eliminating tariff rates on tree fruit is a trade policy objective of the Northwest Horticultural Council. TPP furthers this objective.

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New focus on grade standards

Hort council aims for industry involvement to help monitor other nations’ quality metrics.

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Avoiding heat-related illness

Study finds workers paid piece rate tend to work harder and take fewer breaks, increasing the risk of heat-related illness symptoms.

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Funds issued for more farmworker housing in Washington State

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The state of Washington today awarded the Washington Growers League $3 million to build a seasonal farmworker housing complex in Mattawa, Wash., while another Washington labor organization is making plans for its own farmworker housing

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73rd Annual Cherry Institute opens on Jan. 15 in Yakima

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The 73rd annual Cherry Institute begins January 15 at the Yakima Convention Center with an update on the Cherry Breeding Program at Washington State University by Dena Ybarra of Perleberg Orchards.

Other presentations that day include:

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Wine grape growers invited to meetings on pest management plan

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Representatives from Oregon’s wine grape industry are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan to document current pest management challenges and needs within the industry and to create a cohesive plan for focusing the

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Slice and sanitize to slow browning

New products are reported to slow browning and reduce microorganisms on fresh-cut produce.

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MSU: How to winterize your sprayer

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Michigan State University Extension offers helpful advice on winterizing a sprayer.

Here are the tips:

Rinse the sprayer of all pesticide residue, and properly collect and dispose of the collected residue.
Clean and decontaminate the tank.
Inspect the sprayer.

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Farm labor workshops start Nov. 16

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The Washington Growers League and the law firm of Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore and Shore are sponsoring farm labor workshops designed specifically for agricultural employers and managers.

Among the topics to be discussed:

the federal H-2A guest

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Process Pear Committee nominations scheduled

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Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Processed Pear Committee, which is administered by the Washington State Fruit Commission, will take place during industry meetings in December and January. The committee manages federal marketing

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EPA moving to revoke tolerances for insecticide chlorpyrifos

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The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on a proposal to revoke all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos.

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and miticide used primarily to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on

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UV light controls pathogens

WSU scientists envision UV-C lights being installed on packing lines.

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If netting is the future, what color?

WSU researchers study how netting colors prevent Honeycrisp sunburn.

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Tariffs on U.S. fruit to much of Asia go away with TPP agreement

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The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will cause a significant number of tariffs on fruit exported to many Asian nations by the United States to go away immediately or within several years, according to an analysis

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Food safety issues challenge industry

Growers and packers are adapting to the new requirements.

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Australia’s hort industry sees refugees as possible workers

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Australia has announced plans to accept 12,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria, and the horticulture industry is eyeing the potential for an influx of new workers.

In a statement Sept. 15, the industry’s Voice of Agriculture

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Should you pay for travel time?

Travel time is not normally compensable, but there are exceptions.

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Webinar scheduled as worker survey heads to Washington growers

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The Washington Farm Labor Association is providing a webinar for growers who will be surveyed this month about foreign worker wage and employment practices.

The state employment and security department says the results of the survey

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Results rise with adjuvants

Bread yeast shows potential for improving pesticide performance.

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Hedging to improve quality

A Washington grower-packer foresees multiple benefits from mechanical pruning.

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Safe product repels drosophila

Butyl anthranilate also deters egg laying by spotted wing drosophila flies.

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Developing tomorrow’s workforce

WSU is working with the tree fruit industry to address its increasing need for qualified employees.

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Ecofarm raises food awareness

People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s grown, says Washington grower Jim Baird.

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FairWeigh system for fair pay

WSU develops in-the-field weighing system for picking buckets.

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Magic water

Electrolyzed water is making waves in storage and packing house sanitation.

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Tips to work with rest break ruling

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Following the Washington Supreme Court’s July 16 ruling on Demetrio v. Sakuma, growers in the state are required to pay for rest breaks to piece rate workers immediately. Below are tips and recommendations on how

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WA Supreme Court: Pay farm workers for rest breaks

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The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for rest breaks.

The Yakima Herald Reports:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Piece-rate farm workers must be paid separately for rest breaks, the state Supreme Court

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In The Box: Arctic answers

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Dear Good Fruit Grower,

We’d like to address a few points raised by Mike Willett of the Northwest Horticultural Council in his opinion piece about Arctic apples (“Why go Arctic?” Good Fruit Grower, May 15, 2015).

First,

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Drone ready to work in fruit

FAA approved Yamaha’s remote-controlled copter for agricultural use.

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Spray guide offers tree row volume spraying tips

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The 2015 New Jersey Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide devotes six pages to the subject of applying sprays according to the volume of the tree canopy per acre.

The guide generally follows the rules developed by

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Matching the spray to the tree

As canopy volume has decreased, growers would like to use less pesticide.

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Ambrosia restrictions to end

By 2019, Ambrosia will be an open variety in both the United States and Canada. But it won’t do well in all locations, growers are warned.

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Many WAFLA workers cleared to cross border

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(Updated June 18)
Nearly 200 workers who were designated for cherry harvest in Washington have been granted visa wavers by the U.S. State Department, Washington Farm Labor Association (WAFLA) says.

A software problem, which plagued the entire

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Organic exemption expected soon

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon introduce a rule exempting organic growers from paying mandatory promotion assessments to federal marketing orders.

This will mean, for example, that organic pears will no longer be subject to

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Broetje Orchards to pay $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants

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Broetje Orchards of Washington State, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The fine is one of the largest ever levied against an

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

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China’s ag agency says yes to all varieties of U.S. apples

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from Northwest Fruit Exporters.

Phytosanitary certificates for export will be available after

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Cherries harvested as berries

A Utah researcher joins others who want to change how cherries are grown and harvested.

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Fixing H-2A

Agricultural Employers new president Fred Leitz sees it as top priority.

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Get ready for H-2A paperwork

H-2A has its faults, but it’s not about to go away.

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