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  • Strange times

Strange times

  • November 1st, 2011

Robert Stearns of Kelowna is cutting his apple trees because he can’t afford to replant them.
Marc Arellano

During a scene in the film Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in the Central Okanagan, Canadian orchardist Robert Stearns struggles to contain his emotions as he explains why he is knocking over [...]

  • Trouble on the Double Z

Trouble on the Double Z

  • November 1st, 2011

Roxanne Bell photographs a Double Z ranch foreman who is peering through the steel fence—just feet from where it trails off to twisted strands of often-cut barbed wire.
Jim Black

Dan Bell and the other ranchers who reside along this country’s southern border likely see illegal immigration differently than many [...]

B.C.’s strategic plan stymied

  • November 1st, 2011

When the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association launched its strategic plan four years ago, the priorities were to develop new varieties, increase fruit quality, strengthen market position, attract and retain human resources, and increase profitability. No factors served to hijack those goals more drastically than the impact of the [...]

Great Lakes Expo set for December 6–8

  • November 1st, 2011

The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm ­Market Expo will be held in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from December 6–8.

Last year, nearly 4,000 people from 34 states and five ­Canadian provinces attended the educational programs and the trade show, which attracted 380 exhibitors and [...]

  • What is driving change in the tree fruit industry?

What is driving change in the tree fruit industry?

  • November 1st, 2011

The Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting will inform growers about a wide range of issues and innovations that are driving change in the tree fruit industry both in the United States and abroad.

The meeting is scheduled for December 5–7 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

West Mathison, retiring Hort Association [...]

  • Safety regulations nix customized platforms

Safety regulations nix customized platforms

  • November 1st, 2011

A worker uses a Girette to prune trees.
Courtesy Flathead Cherry Growers, Montana

Regulators in British Columbia, Canada, have developed safety documentation for the elevated, mobile work platforms widely used in the province’s orchards—but have sidelined locally designed equipment that reflected local farming conditions.

WorkSafeBC, the organization that regulates workplace safety [...]

Cherry vote

  • November 1st, 2011

Cherry growers vote this month to continue or end a federal marketing order that regulates handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington State. Regulations require that a continuation referendum be held once every six years.

Federal Marketing Order 923, established in 1957, authorizes minimum grade, size, maturity, [...]

SweeTango lawsuit settled

  • November 1st, 2011

An out-of-court settlement of the lawsuit challenging the exclusive marketing arrangement for the SweeTango apple has been reached.

The lawsuit ended in victory for the University of Minnesota, which bred the apple, and Pepin Heights Orchard, which bought rights to the apple and organized Next Big Thing, a 64-grower cooperative, [...]

Michigan apple companies join forces

  • October 1st, 2011

Three Michigan apple companies have linked up to form All Fresh GPS, a limited liability company that will market fresh apples across the United States and into export markets.

GPS is short for growers, packers, and shippers, which describes the activities of the three entities. They will market about 10 [...]

  • Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

Last Bite–Fuji, a world-class apple

  • October 1st, 2011

Fuji proved to be more difficult to grow and pack than Grady Auvil imagined. Fuji is in his right hand and Cameo in his left.

The late Grady Auvil, an orchardist at Orondo, Washington, was one of the state’s pioneers of Granny Smith, but it was Fuji, which came along [...]

Wine industry backs new center

  • October 1st, 2011

The Washington Wine Commission’s commitment of $7.4 million towards the cost of building a Wine Science Center at Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus gives the fundraising effort an important boost, says Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program.

The center will house WSU’s rapidly expanding viticulture and [...]

  • The big picture

The big picture

  • October 1st, 2011

When the U.S. Apple Association holds its annual marketing and outlook conference in Chicago in August, it’s an occasion to look at the big picture. Not only do the 300 or so apple growers, packers, and shippers evaluate the size and condition of the United States crop, they try [...]