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Sustainable & Organic Agriculture

Featured stories about sustainable and organic agriculture appear in this issue.

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China's apple production shifts

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A demonstration and research orchard in China’s Shaanxi Province. China’s apple production is increasing in its western provinces. Apple production is

Sustainable marketing

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Fruit growers in Switzerland say they have solved the problem of how to get retailers to handle unknown apple varieties. It began as an

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Mulling over mulches

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David Granatstein, who has studied mulches in tree fruit and organic systems, believes that some of the benefits seen in

Organic on the rise

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The marketing outlook for organic tree fruit is healthy, but organic marketer Matt Miles cautions conventional growers against making the switch to organic just for

Flavonoid-rich foods favored

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Apples, pears, and red wine may help reduce coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women because of their high flavonoid content, according to

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Mulch considerations

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David Granatstein, Washington State University, recommends growers consider the following before using a mulch. • What is the volume

Stemilt is set to grow

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Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee—already one of the largest tree fruit growing, packing, and marketing operations in Washington State—is projecting phenomenal growth within the next few

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Boosting on-farm income

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Jane Eckert, who pursued a career in corporate marketing before returning to her large family farm operation, now helps growers market agriculture through

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Protecting growers from hail

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When board members of the Batlow Fruit Cooperative in New South Wales, Australia, held a strategic planning process to figure

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Organic has arrived

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How times have changed…. Ten years ago, many, if not the vast majority of the tree fruit growers

Organic apple production up

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Production of organic apples has increased dramatically in the United States over the last decade, according to the U.S. Apple Association. While total apple acreage

MSU adds organic trials

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Michigan State’s Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station plans to go more organic, converting much of its open space to organic and transitional tree fruit research.

Making the switch

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Culls from Jim Koan’s organic apples are used in the making of organic, fermented hard cider sold under the J.K. Scrumpy’s label. Scrumpy’s, now sold

Demand grows for organic fruit

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Consumer demand for organic foods continues to expand at 15 to 20 percent per year in the United States. Recent research indicates that 23 percent

Organic wine sales are growing

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Producing organic wines requires more than just using organically grown wine grapes. To be labeled "organic," no sulfites can be added to the wine, and

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Ste. Michelle grows more organic grapes

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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington’s largest wine producer, first experimented with growing wine grapes organically more than a dozen years

Market is ready for more organics

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In the next three years, Washington’s organic tree fruit industry is set to grow as much as it has in the past 20 years.

Are organic apples better quality

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Organic apples may be firmer and have better storability than apples grown conventionally, a Washington State University study suggests. In the study, organically grown apples