GRAS2P record-keeping

  • January 29th, 2014

The Washington State Horticultural Association and ApRecs have teamed up to offer growers and packers access to a spray record and food-safety documentation system that includes interactive forms and updates for the association’s GRAS2P program.

GRAS2P (Growers Response to Agricultural Safe and Sustainable Practices) is a program designed to help [...]

Fruit legends star in minimovies

  • January 29th, 2014

Howell at the Moon Productions has released two new short documentaries on the legendary Washington fruit growers Grady Auvil and Tom Mathison.

Gee Whiz: The Apples of Grady Auvil tells how Auvil pioneered the Granny Smith apple, Rainier cherry, and Fuji apple in the United States. Tom Mathison: The Growing [...]

Wine foundation honored

  • January 29th, 2014

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was named a benefactor last month during the fundraising Washington State University Foundation Gala in recognition of its high level of giving to the university.

The Wine Foundation has partnered with WSU in many projects and has been an advocate for research funding and development [...]

Give feedback on crop insurance

  • January 29th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Agriculture will hold listening sessions in February to get feedback from specialty crop growers on the effectiveness of the crop insurance programs available to growers.

Judy Olson, director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Washington, said as the [...]

Top 5 global wine trends

  • January 21st, 2014

A survey of 115 international wine trade professionals, commissioned by ProWein, an international trade fair of wines and spirits, points to five major developments in the next 20 years:
1 Consumers, not producers, will rule the wine industry in 2034.
The global wine industry will need to be more [...]

  • Michigan Apple Queen crowned

Michigan Apple Queen crowned

  • January 21st, 2014

Elizabeth ­Wittenbach of Belding was crowned the Michigan Apple Queen for 2014, and Emily ­Webster of Paw Paw is first runner-up.

The contest took place in December at the annual Michigan Apple Committee grower luncheon during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo. Contestants—there were eight—must have a [...]

  • Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden

Oregon Cherry Growers promotes Weeden

  • January 21st, 2014

Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers has announced the promotion of Danny Weeden, ten-year company veteran, to the role of executive vice president, general manager, and chief financial officer.

Weeden, who was the cooperative’s vice president and CFO, will manage operations in addition to finance, information technology, and supply chain functions [...]

  • Jim Archer named 69th Cherry King

Jim Archer named 69th Cherry King

  • January 13th, 2014

Congratulations to Jim Archer, the 69th Cherry King selected by Northwest cherry growers at the annual Cherry Institute meeting in Yakima, WA. Jim was crowned Jan. 10 by B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers.

Jim gets to wear the ancient crown in recognition for his decades of service to the [...]

  • NFE’s Archer retires

NFE’s Archer retires

  • January 13th, 2014

After leading the Northwest Fruit Exporters for 20 years, Jim Archer retired at the end of 2013. Fred Scarlett replaced Archer in early January.

Today, NFE is responsible for managing cherry and apple export programs required by the foreign countries of Japan, Mexico, India, Vietnam, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, and [...]

  • No ban on small cherries

No ban on small cherries

  • December 19th, 2013

Washington’s fresh cherry packers will continue to be allowed to ship 12-row red cherries, members of the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee decided at their meeting in early December.

The committee commissioned economist Dr. Desmond O’Rourke to study the financial impact on the industry of shipping 12-row cherries, the smallest size [...]