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Make the most of biocontrol

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Beneficial insects and mites can play a role in controlling key orchard pests if they’re not exposed to harmful pesticides. Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist with Pennsylvania State University in Biglerville, explains how to take advantage

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Let us (not) spray

Entomologists test alternative ways of applying plant protection materials to trees.

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Crab apple pruning demos

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Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012

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Ag job fairs planned in Eastern Washington

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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,

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SWD research continues

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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

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Fryhover: USDA’s Arctic apple decision means differentiation and education will be imperative

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The recent approval by USDA of the Arctic apple brands wasn’t unforeseen by our industry. We have been preparing for months knowing that approval was coming.

Washington and other U.S. apple-producing states have provided comments and

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

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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.

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Sign up for free pesticide disposal

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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

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Worker education is a priority at Klipsun Vineyards

Lots of eyes in the vineyard help Julia Kock stay on top of things.

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Hands-on winemaking: Owen Roe

O’Reilly’s minimalist approach to winemaking is labor intensive.

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China agrees to accept all varieties of U.S. apples

The reciprocal agreement will allow China to ship apples into the United States.

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Packing apples in Italy

Presizing and presorting apples into storage changes the way apples are packed in Italy.

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Beating the odds

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

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Washington Growers League meets Jan. 22 in Yakima

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The Washington Growers League will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting and Labor Conference on Thursday, January 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center

“The 2015 Washington Growers League Annual Meeting and

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Associations seek grower support in piece-rate case

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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

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Order on immigration

Executive Order is not the answer to ag’s labor problems, but it does help.

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Supreme Court to address piece-rate breaks

Farm workers are entitled to rest breaks, but how does this apply to piece-rate labor?

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Growers urged to return labor survey

The survey will help determine the wage that employers may have to pay H-2A workers.

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People count at Duckwall Fruit

Duckwall’s mission is to mold a team who will achieve the best possible results for its growers and customers, and ultimately consumers.

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Who will pick the fruit? : 2014 Growers of the Year

Craig O’Brien designs his orchards to be attractive to workers.

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Latino Leadership Award 2014: José Ramirez

His philosophy has always been that you can’t wait for things to happen around you. You have to make them happen.

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New tree fruit association will expand services

The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

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Growers’ advocate ends 42-year career

During his four decades working at the Washington Growers Clearing House Association, Kirk Mayer saw the Washington apple crop grow from 25 million boxes to 140 million and availability of labor become an increasing concern.

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Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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A tale of two harvesters

Two ladderless apple harvest machines vie for grower approval. They are now for sale.

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Organic fruit attracts customers

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Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago that there was a future in organic fruit production. Today, some of his customers will come

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Good Point: That unwashed grape

FSMA is another example of how a good idea (here, improved food safety for consumers) is forged into a federal law with little understanding by legislators of the complexities of the actual situation.

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Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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Obama’s immigration order reduces risk of growers losing current employees

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I recently saw a movie where the main character had a sticker on his mirror that read: “A thing is a thing, not what is said about that thing”.  With that adage in mind,

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Not all consumers opposed to GMOs

How to measure the activism and attitudes regarding GMOs.

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Hort Council appoints information specialist

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Drew Toop will join the staff of the Northwest Horticultural Council as regulatory information specialist on December 8. Toop, who grew up in the Yakima, Washington, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Chinese Language

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Tree fruit groups do well with new MAP funding

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The nation’s tree fruit organizations fared well in 2015 funding allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program. Ten organizations representing tree fruit will receive more than $16 million of the $173 million

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Fighting food fraud with forensics

Each apple has a chemical fingerprint that links it to the place it was grown.

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Schlect: Cow paths and ports

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● A virtual shutdown of West Coast ports has severely damaged export efforts of our tree-fruit industry. Efforts by many of the commercial industries adversely affected, including ours, had requested President Obama to use

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New EPA program focuses on pesticide drift reduction

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of safer pesticide application equipment to reduce exposure to pesticides.

The program encourages manufacturers to test their technologies, such

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Labor worries spur automation effort

Washington scientists are looking for worldwide collaborators to work on automated harvesting.

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USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest

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Multi-Peril Crop Insurance policyholders are getting an extension because of the delayed maturity of apple crop this year.

The USDA put out the following press release:

 

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA)

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Schlect: Elections aftermath

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● Greg Walden (R/Oregon) should be happy today. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee sheparded his flock of candidates to a significant national victory in yesterday’s mid-term election. However, the delegation from the

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China opens to Washington State apples

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Good news came to Washington’s apple industry today when U.S. Department of Agriculture officials announced the immediate reopening of China’s market to Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples. It’s good timing as growers are wrapping

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Schlect: Cherry Street

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● The Produce Marketing Association has hired a new team, Cornerstone Government Affairs, to represent it in Washington, D.C. Hunt Shipman will be the main contact for Cornerstone with PMA, for what is being called “Issues

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Crop insurance closing deadline approaches

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Fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest are being reminded about the November 20 closing deadline for crop insurance for 2015 by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA also announced several changes to the

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Prune out dead crab apple tissue

Reduce disease risk by pruning crab apple trees.

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Schlect: Focus on United

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●  The New York Times Magazine issue of October 12 contains a feature article on the school lunch lobbying wars in Washington, D.C. Mentioned in this article are some old friends of mine: the lobbyist Marshall

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Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

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● Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its anticipated revisions to four proposed rules implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), with comments due by December 15. Our growers

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Trunk diseases are a growing problem

Dirty plant material blamed for vine decline in Canada and California.

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Chilled by ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity is relentless.

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Year-end shipping reports to be required

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture plans to require Washington apple shippers to submit season-end reports on the volume of fruit they shipped.

Shippers are required to submit to the Department of Agriculture a certificate of

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California fruit league changes name

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Nearly 80 years after its inception, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League announced they are changing their name to the California Fresh Fruit Association to better reflect the growing diversity of fruit its members

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Farm-worker crossings to resume at U.S.-Mexico border

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The Washington Farm Labor Association says it will resume scheduling  crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border for farm workers, but warned it fears massive border backlogs unless the Secretary of State takes action to prioritize farm

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Paperwork snafu halting H-2A workers at Mexican border

Up to 2,000 potential workers stymied at Tijuana crossing, another 800 stuck at Nuevo Laredo

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