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Tracking pathogens

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Whole genome sequencing tracks pathogens, perhaps to your door.

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What is whole genome sequencing?

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Over the past year or so, whole genome sequencing has gotten a lot of attention

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Protect your customers, protect your orchard

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Listeria is a true environmental bacterium, not requiring an animal host, and occurs naturally in

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Dininny: How FSMA impacts you

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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Food safety.

Perhaps no two words have frustrated U.S. fruit growers more — growers who believe

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Tree Fruit Research Commission releases new cherry pesticide study

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

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For growers looking to export, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has released a new

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Simple steps for water sampling

July 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers are educating packing house operators and growers about proper water sampling methods in orchards and vineyards.

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Water sampling 101

July 13th, 2016|1 Comment

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In a recent interview with Good Fruit Grower, UC-Davis researchers Melissa Partyka, Ronald Bond and

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Pennsylvania expands spotted lanternfly quarantine

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has expanded a spotted lanternfly quarantine to include more townships

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State finalizes rules to kill maggots before shipping compost

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington state regulators have finalized special permit requirements for composters seeking to transport feed stocks

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Senate passes GMO labelling bill; next it goes to the House

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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A bill that would establish a nationwide requirement for labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in food

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Check up on farm labor rules

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

After recent court ruling, more growers will need farm labor contractor licenses even for workers they don’t directly hire.

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Are your bins sanitary?

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Promising options for wooden and plastic bins’ "cleanability" were identified in study.

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Meet candidates for WSU’s “crucial” Food Safety Specialist position

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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WSU is inviting growers and others to participate in the selection of its Food Safety

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Mexico dismisses dumping complaint against U.S. apple growers

June 7th, 2016|2 Comments

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The Mexican government has terminated an antidumping case filed by growers in the border state

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The next GMO apple

June 3rd, 2016|16 Comments

Arctic Golden Delicious set to be the first commercial crop of genetically modified apples, plans are underway for an Arctic Fuji.

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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|1 Comment

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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.