Legal & Regulatory

Finding the right people

By |December 29th, 2016|

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

B.C. pest management strategies build on deep roots

By |December 29th, 2016|

Traps throughout Fred Steele’s orchard in Kelowna are the first line of defense against a horde of new pests that growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley face.

The GMO apple has arrived

By |December 27th, 2016|

“It’s not going away,” says Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruit.

U.S., New Zealand win WTO ag dispute with Indonesia

By |December 23rd, 2016|

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A World Trade Organization settlement panel on Dec. 22 ruled that Indonesia’s restrictions on horticultural products, animals and animal products

WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

By |December 15th, 2016|

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs in North Central Washington on

Fresh Pear Committee nominations set for January meeting

By |December 14th, 2016|

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Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order No. 927.

The committee is responsible

2017 Cherry Institute will be held Jan. 20 — Pear, WSFC nominations at annual meetings

By |December 14th, 2016|

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The 74th annual Cherry Institute is set for Jan. 20, 2017, at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington.

The program,

Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

By |December 14th, 2016|

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

Sazo: Recruiting – and keeping – workers

By |December 12th, 2016|

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Even as growers plant high-density orchards that require significant labor to maintain, many still lack a reliable, skilled and committed

WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

By |December 7th, 2016|

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future Farmers” at the Washington State

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