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2014 Outlook

Featured stories about the 2014 tree fruit outlook appear in this issue.

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Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar

January 13th, 2014|0 Comments

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At first glance, apples, like eggs, seem endowed by nature with perfect packaging, but the ­market for fresh apple slices continues to grow.

“People thought we

Consider the market: Good Point

January 7th, 2014|0 Comments

For a new apple variety to succeed, the marketer must understand what drives consumer and retailer preferences.

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Family business finds niche

January 7th, 2014|0 Comments

The Tonnemakers say industry consolidation has left opportunities for small operators to sell directly to consumers.

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Sustainable organics

January 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Jim Koan wants organic practices to be based on science, not politics.

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Jim Koan; A man of principle

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Jim Koan, Michigan organic apple pioneer, is honored by the state’s Horticultural Society.

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A common sense organic approach

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Silver Apple Award winner Ray Fuller approaches organic production from a scientific point of view.

Crossing the border

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Some B.C. apples moved south last fall, into Washington packing houses.

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Washington wine grape outlook

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Americans are drinking more wine

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Juice grape trends for 2014

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Cash prices are trending downward, production is trending upward.

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Growers have less need for loans

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Apple growers continue to upgrade orchards, and lenders stay willing to lend.

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Apples and the futures market

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

If the futures market catches on, apple growers might get paid more for sort-outs.

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Meet Chris Britton, USApple chair

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Securing an adequate workforce is the organization’s number-one priority.

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Gabe Dahle, Young Grower Jan. 1, 2014

January 2nd, 2014|5 Comments

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Q:  What attracted you to farming?

I was raised on a farm. At first I didn’t want to come back, but I realized I knew a

Now on your phone: First Bite

January 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Our new Web site has an expanding library of videos for growers.

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Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors

January 1st, 2014|0 Comments

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Silver Pear

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting