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Piece-rate pay guidelines

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Officials working to provide practical advice following last year’s Washington state Supreme Court ruling.

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Hoppers at heart of red blotch

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified the three-cornered alfalfa treehopper (Spissistilus festinus)

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Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

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Organic control of SWD

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Researchers are tackling what they call “cultural tactics” to determine nonchemical farming practices — such

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Beakers and breakthroughs in SWD research

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

California research into spotted wing drosophila sounds like science fiction.

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SWD – How to stop a proliferate pest?

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers and researchers are struggling in efforts to control the spread of spotted wing drosophila.

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The cost of vineyard labor

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Project in early stages to help wine grape growers find ways to mechanize.

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Bringing workers north to Canada

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Canadian farm labor program reaches 50-year milestone.

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Replacing labor with technology

May 10th, 2016|1 Comment

It can be a challenge for small growers with limited budgets.

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Ag tech

May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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A new educational program in Yakima, Washington, aims to meet the growing need for agricultural

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Michigan grows labor program

May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

GLALS is modeled on WAFLA to bring more seasonal workers to the Great Lakes region.

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H-2A housing changes

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

New regulations are causing delays for incoming workers.

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Homes away from home

May 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers bringing in H-2A and other workers are turning to new facilities for housing needs.

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Avoiding H-2A headaches

May 4th, 2016|1 Comment

Guest worker program offers benefits, but growers need to be vigilant about documentation.

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DeVaney: Moving forward on FSMA

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A Good Point by Jon DeVaney, WSTFA president

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On-site health care

May 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Companies find keeping workers healthy can help control costs.

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Better ways to spray

May 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Five tips from sprayer training workshop can help limit your pesticide drift.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Monitoring the dump tank

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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The increasing emphasis on food safety means changes are ahead for tree fruit packing houses.

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Making the most of mulch

April 27th, 2016|1 Comment

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Organic herbicides don’t match mulch for pear growers.

That’s the conclusion of University of California Cooperative

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Herbicide resistance a growing concern

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher offers tips for helping to control weeds in vineyards.

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Pre-emergents can help control yellow nutsedge

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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Yellow nutsedge can be a particular difficult weed to control in Northeast vineyards because of

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Passing on the farm

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Farm family coach offers advice for succession planning.

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How to attract workers

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Workers go where they can make the most money.

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Modern orchards and technology can potentially reduce production costs

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The cost of producing apples has been rising faster than expected, largely because of increasing

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Keeping limbs in line with mechanical pruning – (video)

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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While not exactly new anywhere, mechanical hedging is seeing a youthful surge on both sides

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Allen: My thanks to growers supporting food safety research

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

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“One bad apple will spoil the barrel” is almost as familiar as the saying “an

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OSU names new director of Food Innovation Center

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has named David Stone, a public health toxicologist and communications expert, as

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Borers make their mark

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northwest growers advised to watch for American plum borer.

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WSTFA schedules recall ready workshops for late March

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is sponsoring one-day United Fresh Recall Ready workshops in

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California council schedules June MRL workshop

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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The California Specialty Crops Council will hold its 2016 MRL Harmonization Workshop June 1-2 in

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Pear mites developing resistance to chemicals

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers may be forced to take different steps to control pests as resistance buildup continues.

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Washington growers can dispose of unwanted pesticides in May events

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has schedule two events for growers to dispose of

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Danger from SWD?

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are concerned that rising spotted wing drosophila numbers could cause problems for sweet cherries.

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Seeking better control for codling moth

March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are getting a head start on keeping codling moth resistance traits to insecticides in check.

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How to use pear growth regulators

February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Growth regulators can prevent drop and enhance storability of pears if used correctly.

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Grape canopy control

February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is hosting a series of educational training workshops in

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

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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As a prominent Washington grower agrees to pay a fine, its lawyer asks why can’t

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H-2A is expensive but essential

January 28th, 2016|0 Comments

McDougall and Sons takes pride in its housing camps.

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Learning to fight Listeria

January 21st, 2016|1 Comment

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Kathleen Glass started working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Food Research Institute 30 years ago,

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

January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Canadian grower Okanagan Specialty Fruit is seeking USDA approval for a third non-browning apple, which

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Food safety research focuses on packing

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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

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Gathering data for food safety

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

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

January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7,

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Tree Fruit Day in Olympia planned for January 26

December 30th, 2015|0 Comments

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

December 28th, 2015|2 Comments

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

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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

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Avoiding heat-related illness

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

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The state of Washington today awarded the Washington Growers League $3 million to build a