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Sustainable & Organic

Featured stories about sustainable and organic appear in this issue.

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Last Bite – Royal purple reigns

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For many years, Reuben Benz shipped Yakima Valley apples overseas using the Goodfruit label. The seven "Benz Boys" were well

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Driving cherry demand

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

Attracting beneficials

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

Same rates as 2008

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

Commitment to learning

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

McDonald's pressured on pesticides

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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 its

Tariff troubles

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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 early

Funds available

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

IFTA seeks new director

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

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Beetle banks

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

Good Health – Keep pesticides out of the home

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Top: A sweatshirt worn under personal protective equipment during a four-hour spray session with fluorescent tracer added to the tank shows areas of contamination.

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Biodiversifying your farm

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

Buena Salud – Mantengan los pesticidas fuera de casa

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Parte superior: Una sudadera usada debajo del equipo de protección personal durante una sesión de cuatro horas de aspersión con marcador fluorescente agregado en

Consejos para mantener los residuos de pesticidas fuera de la casa

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• Después del trabajo cámbiese inmediatamente de ropa, de preferencia en el lugar de trabajo. • Guarde su ropa y botas de trabajo

Tips to keep pesticide residues out of your home

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• Change out of your work clothes immediately after work, preferably at your workplace. • Store your work clothes and work boots outside

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Good Question – Defining sustainability

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The concept of sustainable agriculture, a movement that emerged in the late 1980s, continues to evolve. Sustainable agriculture was addressed

Organic tree fruits on the rise

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Certified acres of organic apples expanded by more than 60 percent in 2008, at the same time that the rate of growth of organic food

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Good Point – Harold Ostenson

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Over the last several weeks, I have received a number of phone calls from growers asking the same questions:

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Attracting flies

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

Hort responds to audit

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

Funds for conservation

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

Certification crisis

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