Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

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Ag job fairs planned in Eastern Washington

  • February 26th, 2015

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 job fairs will take place in Bridgeport, Yakima and Kennewick, Washington on March 3, 4 and 5, 2015. Read more information about these events [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]

  • Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

Corr: Was USDA’s GMO decision a black cat crossing America’s orchards?

  • February 17th, 2015

To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would deregulate two apple varieties genetically engineered to resist [...]

Sign up for free pesticide disposal

  • February 11th, 2015

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 be included. Last year WSDA collected and disposed of more than 150,000 pounds of pesticides alone.

The WSDA will send contractors out to farms to [...]

Beating the odds

  • January 20th, 2015
Packing lines should be designed with more concern about food safety, says fruit grower and packer Warren Morgan.

Associations seek grower support in piece-rate case

  • January 6th, 2015

Two associations are asking tree fruit growers to help defend a Washington State Supreme Court case regarding extra pay for piece-rate worker rest breaks. Read the request below from The Washington Farm Labor Association and Washington State Tree Fruit Association. To learn more about this case, read Sara Wixson’s [...]