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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Beneath the vines

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How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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Following your vines, not your calendar, makes for more successful vineyards

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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The key to managing productive vineyards in Washington’s variable climate is to make management decisions

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Mulch madness at Oregon soil workshop

March 16th, 2017|6 Comments

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At a soil health workshop organized by Oregon State University in the Dalles, Oregon, several

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National Grape & Wine Initiative names new president

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Donnell Brown has been named president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative, succeeding Camron

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Wasps released to eat stink bug eggs

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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Brown marmorated stink bugs show no signs of stopping their advance in the Pacific Northwest.

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

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FSMA answers: Preparing your facility

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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Wine grape research seminar set for April 19

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Registration is open for Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology, a research-focused seminar designed for grape

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WSU to host event on climate’s effect on grapes

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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In the Pacific Northwest, the warm spring and summer of 2016 led to the earliest

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Washington wine grape harvest sets record

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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Washington state’s wine grape harvest set a record in 2016, according to the Washington State

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Washington wine fundraiser nets $145,000

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised more than $145,000 at its Feb. 8 fundraiser event

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ITFA Day 3: “From Bud to Bin”

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington

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Tips for putting the fight back in fungicide

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist shares tips to overcome spray resistance.

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Is it really clean? Aggressive cleaning makes big difference

February 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Study shows areas with floor, wall damage are key harborage sites for Listeria.

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Grand Michigan winery brings Italian red grape varieties, wines north

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

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High tunnels extend vineyard growing season

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Mari Vineyards gets up to 25 more growing degree-days for grapes grown under tunnel structures

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Speakers dig into geological topics on final day of wine grape grower meetings

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s taken for granted that everyone attending the Washington Winegrowers meeting in Kennewick, Washington believes

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Clusters along the Columbia

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Next to towering basalt cliffs, Washington winemaker finds great climate for growing grapes.

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Second day of wine grape grower meetings focuses on farming by phenology

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As a snowstorm raged outside, attendees at the Washington Winegrowers conference in Kennewick, Washington were

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Hansen: A focus on wine research

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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As the first year of the Washington wine industry’s amplified research program is now behind

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New name announced for Washington’s wine grape growers

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers kicked off its annual meeting with a big

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NGWI picks 13 board members, 3 officers

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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Thirteen board members and three officers were elected at the National Grape & Wine Initiative

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Times for new vines

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The largest player in Washington’s wine industry, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, estimates it will need

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Have your grapevines weathered the weather?

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s been a very wintery winter in the Northwest. While temperatures have not dipped below

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Chris Oakes, Young Grower from Lyndonville, New York

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Chris is a fourth-generation farmer who works with many of his relatives along

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Empire State Producers Expo: Thursday wrapup

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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When placing the end post of your orchard trellis system, think of a game of

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Grape and wine research review rescheduled for Jan. 30-31

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program’s research review has been rescheduled for January

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Empire State Producers Expo: Wednesday wrapup

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the

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Empire State Producers Expo: Tuesday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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No more theory. No more hypothetical examples.

Four apple growers, as well as a few vegetable

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Empire State Producers Expo: Monday wrapup

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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About 50 farmers, many of them apple growers, took one of their first official first

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Oregon’s largest apple grower sells to Washington company

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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Earl Brown & Sons, the largest apple grower and packer in Oregon, has been sold

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Public input requested on labor practices charter

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a

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Wine industry leaders, growers team up to discuss policy agenda

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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Grape growers, winemakers and retailers want to speak in a more unified voice when sharing

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Concord grape prices still disappoint

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Low prices continue, though juice grape growers haul in good production.

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Mercer to be honored with Rising Star Award

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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Rob Mercer, owner of Mercer Estates Winery, will be honored with the Rising Star Award

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Additional scholarships available for Washington farmers market convention

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Farmers Market Association has received funding for an additional 25 specialty crop

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Wine grape industry continues hot growth

January 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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September U.S. wine sales rose from $3.3 billion to $3.7 billion, helping set an annual

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Grape Society presents its annual awards

January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape Society presented three industry awards at the annual meeting in November

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How does smoke affect wine grapes?

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Researcher tests the effects of wildfire smoke on grapes and wine

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Industry groups lend plenty of opportunities for growers to get involved

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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In Washington’s tree fruit industry, three state commissions, four federal marketing orders, numerous nonprofit associations

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Finding the right people

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.

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U.S., New Zealand win WTO ag dispute with Indonesia

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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A World Trade Organization settlement panel on Dec. 22 ruled that Indonesia’s restrictions on horticultural