Reopening of Chinese apple market is welcome news for growers

Industry grateful as biggest apple crop ever prepares to ship.

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  • China opens to Washington State apples

China opens to Washington State apples

 
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 up harvest of the largest crop on record, which some believe will be [...]

  • Schlect: Cherry Street

Schlect: Cherry Street

  • October 27th, 2014

● 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 Management.” Mr. Shipman and his colleagues, such as my friend Vernie Hubert, have sterling [...]

Crop insurance closing deadline approaches

  • October 16th, 2014

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 multi-peril crop insurance plan for pear growers.

Details about these changes are noted in the [...]

  • Schlect: Focus on United

Schlect: Focus on United

  • October 13th, 2014

●  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 Matz, Tom Stenzel the president of the United Fresh Produce Association, and Kraig Naasz, [...]

  • Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

Schlect: Food Safety — We’re Covered

  • September 23rd, 2014

● 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 will be especially interested in changes to the FSMA rules for determining the safety [...]

Year-end shipping reports to be required

  • August 26th, 2014

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 compliance for each load as it is shipped. This is entered into the department’s [...]

  • California fruit league changes name

California fruit league changes name

  • August 12th, 2014

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 grow.

The new name was proposed as part of a five-year planning mission to better [...]

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

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

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 worker visa requests.

The association says the normally smooth two-day border crossing process for farm workers [...]