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Images show Lake Shasta’s drop; highlights California drought

June 26th, 2015|0 Comments

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NASA’s Earth Observatory website released two images this week comparing Lake Shasta’s decline over a nine year period illustrating how drought conditions are impacting the western United States.

By using the slider below, you can see the change in water level photographed by the Terra earth facing observation satellite in September

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Apple varieties from A to Z

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Sink your teeth into this alphabet of apples

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Industry celebrates WSU’s wine science center

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

World-class research and teaching facility elevates Washington in the wine world.

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Oregon Cherry Growers co-op positioned for growth

May 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Cooperative is focused on expanding value-added products.

New Washington ag director appointed

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Next month Washington State will have a new director of agriculture. Derek Sandison was appointed on May 21 by Governor Jay Inslee to take over for outgoing director Bud Hover  in the middle of June.

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NW Cherry Growers expect crop to drop 15 percent from last year to 19.7 m boxes

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Northwest cherry growers expected to harvest just under 20 million boxes of fresh cherries this season, down from 23 million in 2014.

During Northwest Cherry Growers’ five-state cherry meeting in May, all districts reported shorter crops

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WSU team taking on cherry disease

Little cherry virus 2 is spread by mealybugs

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Calcium improves cherry quality

Calcium in field sprays and added to cooling water reduced pitting and improved cherry firmness.

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California expects a moderate cherry crop

Maturity was running a week ahead of normal, minimizing any overlap with the Northwest cherry season.

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Why go with Arctic GMO apple?

There are apple varieties that naturally don’t turn brown.

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Lewis-Clark Valley appellation proposed

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau published a notice of proposed rulemaking on April 14 to establish the more than 300,000-acre Lewis-Clark Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) in portions of Idaho and Washington.

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New requirement for growers to receive crop insurance

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There’s a new requirement for growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support.

The 2014 Farm Bill tied federal crop insurance subsidies to conservation compliance, so growers must now file form AD-1026 (Highly Erodible Land Conservation

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California Fresh Fruit Association elects officers

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David Jackson of Family Tree Farms in Reedley, California, was re-elected chair of the board of the California Fresh Fruit Association for the 2015-2016 fiscal year during the association’s annual meeting in March.

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Mathison joins 40 under 40

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West Mathison, president of Stemilt Growers, Wenatchee, Washington, has been named as one of Vance Publishing’s 2014 class of “40 Under 40” young leaders.

Experts predict that by 2050 the world population will rise from 7

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Alegria chairs apple board

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Jon Alegria, president of CPC International Apple Company in Tieton, Washington, has succeeded Barbara Walkenauer of Selah as chair of the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors for 2015-2016. Chelan grower Dave Robison is vice

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Apple imports from China allowed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a final rule that will allow Chinese apples to be imported into the United States, effective May 29.

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service completed a risk analysis

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