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  • From wines to spirits

From wines to spirits

  • July 1st, 2009

Rusty Figgins plans to be selling apple eau-de-vie and other clear, unaged brandy products later this year.

Berle “Rusty” Figgins, Jr., wants to be the first in Washington State to commercially produce and legally sell fine brandy made from Washington apples and grapes. He’s establishing distilleries in Ellensburg and Mattawa, [...]

  • Premium Rainiers

Premium Rainiers

  • July 1st, 2009

Norm Gutzwiler wants growers who put more time and effort into raising quality cherries to be rewarded.

The Washington State fresh cherry industry has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to introduce a premium grade for the state’s Rainier cherries.

The new grade, requested by the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee, defines [...]

Apple Matters

  • July 1st, 2009

USApple is continually exploring ways to effectively and efficiently move apple supplies. One key strategy is to encourage increased purchase of apples and apple products by the federal government—in particular, the U.S. Department of Agriculture—for federal feeding programs.

During the 2008 Farm Bill debate, USApple worked in support of a [...]

  • Good Point

Good Point

  • July 1st, 2009

A recent opinion piece on immigration reform (“Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” by Dan Fazio in the June 2009, Good Fruit Grower) justifies a response to clarify the historical and factual record regarding the AgJOBS legislation, and explain why it is the best option for agriculture.

First, the facts. [...]

Good Point – Jim Allen

  • July 1st, 2009

What is the difference between David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Juan “Papi” Sanchez? The differences will become obvious, but let me first identify the similarities that these gentlemen share. Both are professionals in their line of work, performing a job that is very important to their employers. Both David [...]