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Sustainable & Organic

Featured stories about sustainable and organic appear in this issue.

  • Beetle banks

Beetle banks

  • May 1st, 2009

This strip of grass growing in the field serves as a beetle bank, providing shelter and over­wintering home for predacious ground beetles. [...]

  • Biodiversifying your farm

Biodiversifying your farm

  • May 1st, 2009

Alyssum is planted in the middle of this road that leads to the irrigation center pivot. Biodiversity can help with [...]

Attracting beneficials

  • May 1st, 2009

New Washington State University research shows that flowering cover crops can attract beneficial insects to vineyards, though more work is needed to move the [...]

  • Attracting flies

Attracting flies

  • May 1st, 2009

Lessando Gontijo collects syrphid flies from potted alyssum. Syrphid flies are by far the most important predator of woolly apple [...]

Commitment to learning

  • May 1st, 2009

The introductory viticulture course of the Hispanic Orchard Employee Education Program has been so successful that the community college leaders and industry partner, the [...]

Hort responds to audit

  • May 1st, 2009

The Washington State Horticultural Association is developing a tool to simplify and standardize the food safety auditing process for the state’s growers. The [...]

Tariff troubles

  • May 1st, 2009

Pear industry officials are hopeful the Mexican tariff imposed on pears and nearly 90 other products in mid-March will be resolved quickly, perhaps as [...]

Funds for conservation

  • May 1st, 2009

Orchards and vineyards are the top priorities in north central Washington for allocation of funds through the federal government’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. [...]

IFTA seeks new director

  • May 1st, 2009

The International Fruit Tree Association is seeking a new executive director to succeed Dr. Susan Pheasant when she leaves in September. Pheasant was [...]

Certification crisis

  • May 1st, 2009

The multiplicity of food safety audits that fresh produce shippers face is reaching a crisis point, says Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of [...]

  • Driving cherry demand

Driving cherry demand

  • May 1st, 2009

A scientific advisory board assembled on behalf of Pacific Coast and Northwest cherry groups has identified what’s needed in [...]

Same rates as 2008

  • May 1st, 2009

Fresh cherry and soft fruit assessments for Washington State growers will stay at the same rate for the 2009 season, announced the Washington State [...]

McDonald's pressured on pesticides

  • May 1st, 2009

Pressed by a group of its shareholders—a college endowment fund, an investment company, and a labor union—McDonald’s Corporation agreed to take measures to encourage [...]

Funds available

  • May 1st, 2009

Financial and technical help are available to assist growers install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land from a government program [...]