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Grower of the Year 2013

Featured stories about the Grower of the Year appear in this issue.

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  • The Cold Train

The Cold Train

  • December 1st, 2013
Since early in 2010, more produce--including apples--has been hauled east by rail.

Hedging your bets

  • November 27th, 2013
Michigan growers hear that everyone will be hedging their fruiting walls in five years to reduce their labor costs.
  • Learn by doing

Learn by doing

  • November 27th, 2013
Jeff Colombini has learned the hard way that not all growing techniques fit his conditions.
  • Good Point: A troubling case

Good Point: A troubling case

  • November 27th, 2013
The enforcers of federal law are apparently trying to send a stern message: as a produce farmer,if you send adulterated food to market, you may be charged with a crime.

Marketing matters

  • November 27th, 2013
Economic studies have shown that successful wineries tend to be either very small or very large. - See more at:
  • A passion for research

A passion for research

  • November 22nd, 2013
Jim McFerson is passionate about bringing the benefits of research and extension to the entire tree fruit industry

Farmers’ markets provide feedback

  • November 22nd, 2013
Steve Chinchiolo of River Bend Orchards in Ripon, California, has sold fruit through farmers’ markets since the late 1980s. While the direct marketing [...]
  • East Malling Research turns 100 this year

East Malling Research turns 100 this year

  • November 21st, 2013
East Malling’s story began March 1, 1913, when the first nine hectares of land were purchased to undertake “the study of problems met with in the actual culture of fruit trees and bushes.”

WSU offers tannin training

  • November 19th, 2013

Washington State University is offering free online training for cider makers on how to test tannin levels in apple juice. The training teaches cider [...]

See grape harvest Down Under

  • November 19th, 2013

Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a harvest-time vineyard and winery tour to Australia from March 30 to April 14, 2014. Registration [...]