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Grower of the Year

Featured stories about legislation, trade, and people, including awards, appear in this issue.

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Understanding how the Affordable Care Act affects growers

November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Ag employers and employees face a mandate to offer and have health insurance.

Good Point: What can we expect from Congress in 2013?

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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After the November election, the first question from members of our association, other growers, and allied associations was: “What should we expect from Washington for

Hort awards and recognition

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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The following fruit industry members were honored during the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting in December.
Silver Apple
George Allan, a partner at the fruit growing

Juice grape crop down in 2012

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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Washington State produced an estimated 174,000 tons of juice grapes in 2012, down from its ten-year average of 193,000 tons, according to Trent Ball, director

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Hydrocooled apples stay crisp and tasty

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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The Gadbois family has planted most of its apples on Canada-developed Ottawa rootstocks. Trees at right are Sunrise on Ottawa 8; the smaller trees at

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Tower sprayer works for Quebec grower

January 1st, 2013|2 Comments

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Fruiteraie des Gadbois has another unique feature, a tower, or sleeve, sprayer Benoit Gadbois developed working with Dr. Bernard Panneton and Carl Bissaillon.

Benoit demonstrated it

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Where is the juice grape market headed?

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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Greg MacGill

On the surface, Washington State’s juice grape industry looks the picture of good economic times—crop inventories are in balance with demand and cash prices

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New player enters Concord juice deal

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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The last berries of a Concord grape delivery make their way from the receiving station to the de-stemmer.
Photo by Melissa Hansen

The Concord grape juice industry,

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Putting the apple into apple juice

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Terry Chambers, left, and Jim Early stand in front of five new tanks added this year to increase bulk storage capacity of finished juice and

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First fruit

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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Bill Dodd stands next to the EverCrisp mother tree, which grows at the Doud family’s County Line Orchard near Wabash, Indiana.
photo courtesy of Bill Dodd

The

Maia’s special advisor

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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While not associated with the Midwest Apple Improvement Association as its apple breeder, Ohio State University’s Dr. Diane Doud Miller has credentials as an apple

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Hello EverCrisp, goodbye Fuji?

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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For Mitch Lynd, the introduction of EverCrisp apples into Midwestern growers’ orchards will probably mean they won’t plant Fuji in the future.

The new apple looks

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Packer finds his niche

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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With more than 40 percent of his acreage in the New Zealand apple varieties Pacific Rose and Jazz, Scott Smith admits he’s taken a big

Paternity test implicates Napoleon

January 1st, 2013|2 Comments

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Genetic testing has revealed that the blush cherry Napoleon Bigarreau (Napoleon for short) is the father of the Bing cherry. Black Republican, a red cherry,

Good Job

January 1st, 2013|0 Comments

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Cherry co-op names new president
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc., a member -owned fruit cooper­ative, named Timothy Ramsey as its new president and chief executive officer. Ramsey,