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Watch the 2017 Hort Show video summaries

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Things were a little quieter on the final day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable

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An Oregon trailblazer: 2017 Grower of the year

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Curiosity, sharing and innovation drive Mike Omeg, a fifth-generation cherry grower.

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Bee haulers get delay in complying with new federal rules

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic logging device requirements.

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Motivation, worker protection among topics for Spanish sessions: Annual Meeting Preview

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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A motivational speech and details about updated federal Worker Protection Standards are among topics slated

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It’s convention time: Annual Meeting Preview

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Anyone involved in agriculture knows that success is only possible with planning and preparation, combined

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Avoiding the pitfalls: Expo 2017 Preview

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Managing relationships is an important key to family farms: Great Lakes Farm Market EXPO

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California Supreme Court rules against farm owners

November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

From the Los Angeles Times: "California’s highest court decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement."

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Washington growers should prepare for sick leave requirements to take effect

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Starting Jan. 1, Washington growers will have to start providing paid sick leave for all

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James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree

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Apple pesticide study results released

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released the results of its 2017 study of apple pesticide residue.

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Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

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Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S.

October 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Organic apple production remains complicated in the Northeastern U.S., but one grower has figured out how to make a profit on processing apples.

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Organics programs need all voices

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

A sticky situation: Industry is urging growers to get involved with standards board.

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Produce Safety training courses set for Wenatchee

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training courses on Oct. 24 and 25 in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training set

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Mid-Columbia CORE pesticide training is scheduled for Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2 in The Dalles.

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House bill would revamp H-2A program

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest tree fruit industry groups tentatively praised Monday’s effort by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, to revamp the nation’s agricultural guest worker program.

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Following the high-density leaders – 2017 IFTA

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan’s early adopters of high-density systems share tips for multiple leaders and cropping techniques.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Growers in pursuit of precision agriculture

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Researchers and growers in New York aim to push high-density orchards to peak performance.

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Justices hear arguments on farmworker piece-rate wages

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington State Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Sept. 14 at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on the question of whether employers should be mandated to pay their piece-rate workers a separate hourly rate for work not directly connected to production, such as training or waiting for equipment.

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Sustainable and less sticky solutions for pear psylla

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

New pear IPM project looks at potential for biocontrols and pest repellents.

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Packers improve, impress with pears

September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

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Piece-rate details back in court

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The legal vagaries of piece-rate compensation will continue Sept. 14 when Washington’s Supreme Court hears arguments about whether growers should have to pay their workers separately for meetings, traveling to and from orchards and other forms of “unproductive time.”

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WAEF hosting ESL forum in Central Washington

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Education Foundation will host its fifth adult English as a second language forum on Sept. 13 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. The forum is open to providers of adult ESL located in Central Washington.

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Free event in Yakima for growers Sept. 21 on intellectual property management

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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A free Intellectual Property Washington Summit for growers will be held Sept. 21 at the

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Allan Bros. paces innovation

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

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California eyes changes to chlorpyrifos regulation

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The California Environmental Protection Agency has announced that two state agencies are pursuing actions that could lead to increased restrictions on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide.

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Cherry pesticide residue survey results available

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The results of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s seventh annual cherry pesticide residue survey are now available.

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WSTFA releases hand washing training video

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association has released a training video on hand washing for tree fruit packing house employees.

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A better way to spray

August 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Application tech specialist from Ontario finds crop-adapted spraying reduces pesticide use by an average of 25 percent.

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Entomologists join WSU for pear IPM project

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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Two new entomologists have joined the Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

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Orchard mechanization gains momentum

August 8th, 2017|5 Comments

Growers increasingly find ways to adopt new technologies across all four seasons.

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Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as

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The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Thwarting a cherry killer

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early research suggests acclimating trees and sending them into early dormancy may help prevent bacterial canker infections.

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Bryant Christie Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bryant Christie Inc., a company that helps agricultural, food and beverage producers open and expand

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Craig Harris, a young grower from Moxee, Washington

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Craig is a fourth-generation farmer who graduated from Whitworth College. He grew

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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To KGB or not to KGB?

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Some cherry growers expand, some scale back on labor-friendly Kym Green Bush systems.

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Thinking of changing varieties? These growers have some advice.

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Switch decision: Why is this new apple the right variety for me?

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U.S. congressmen ask for analysis of Polish apples

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.

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Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

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L.A. Times: Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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From the Los Angeles Times:
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last

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Sugar sours birds on eating valuable cherry crops

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Sweet revenge for bird control

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Sanitation workshops set for May 31, June 1

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will host cleaning and sanitation workshops on May 31 in Naches, Washington, and on June 1 in East Wenatchee, Washington.

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Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which

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Make the most of your mulch – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pruning wood and mowing weeds can provide extra food for soil organisms that help keep trees healthy.

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Tart cherries growers shake it up in the Northwest – Video

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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