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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

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WSU Extension plans 2017 winter tree fruit programs

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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Tree fruit producers and industry professionals are invited to five WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs

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Hansen: Vineyard mechanization – Is grape quality impacted?

December 14th, 2016|3 Comments

New research has the potential to save wine grape growers millions in labor costs.

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Day 1, Washington hort show, morning summary – Video

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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Speakers hammered away at the theme of “change” to kick off the 112th annual meeting

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A succession story: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Bill and Mark Zirkle credit teamwork for company’s growth and fruitful legacy.

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Diversity wins: 2016 Growers of the year

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Blueberries, wine grapes are among Zirkle Fruit’s most recent endeavors.

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Jesus Ramos, Young Grower from Royal City, Washington

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background/ Jesus, son of Javier and Irma Ramos, is the first in his immediate

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Washington’s 2016 Concord grape harvest is up, as are prices

November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington Concord juice grape growers expect to harvest about 194,000 tons of fruit in 2016,

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Scharlau: Advocacy – slow, incremental, and over time

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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It seems we are the victims of our own inaction. This month we will vote

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Pierre Paradis, Young Grower from Silverton, Oregon

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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family background / Pierre is the son of Peter and Donna Paradis, who were among

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Grafting provides ‘A better solution’

October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Hedges Family Estates grafts Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot as a cost-effective option to replanting

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WSTFA annual meeting 2016: How continuous change forces adaptation

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Why change now? A Good Point by Sam Godwin

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Demystifying cold-hardy grapes

October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Northern Grapes Project is designed to encourage the wine industry in colder climates.

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Northwest Farm Credit Services gives positive report on region’s tree fruit and wine grapes crops

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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Northwest Farm Credit Services, the lending cooperative, reports a positive outlook for tree fruit and

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Wal-Mart weighs in on food safety

October 6th, 2016|2 Comments

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Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming much easier to track and investigate, and new

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Washington Winemakers Mike Wallace and Scott Pontin, RIP

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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Two prominent Washington State winemakers have died in recent days. The Yakima Herald reports that

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Swapping wheat for Pinot

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

One of the largest wineries in Oregon is planting 400 acres of Pinot Noir in what were wheat fields with the help of some new technologies.

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Research grants available

September 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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The Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program is accepting research proposals for competitive grants

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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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Troublesome pest makes a comeback

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Thought to be eradicated years ago, grape rootworm has returned to New York and Pennsylvania vineyards.

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Hansen: Certified plants are only the first step

August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers need to monitor for virus in early years of a “clean” vineyard.

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Devon Newhouse, Young Grower from Sunnyside, Washington

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Devon’s family started out raising cattle in the Yakima Valley, then moved into hops, tree fruit and grapes.

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Crop forecasts: this year, more apples and tart cherries

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

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Three recent fruit crop forecasts predict larger apple and tart cherry crops and a smaller

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Newhouse named chair of national wine grape association

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Todd Newhouse of Outlook, Washington, has been elected chairman of the Winegrape Growers of America.

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James Claar Whitelatch, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

James manages the wine grape crops on the family’s estate in the White Bluffs region of central Washington. He works alongside his brother John, and parents, Bob and Crista Whitelatch.

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Wine grape revelations

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Survey finds research program matches growers’ needs, but more education efforts may be necessary.

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Five other grapes grown to resist the cold

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

These varieties were developed to withstand Minnesota’s winters.

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Minnesota’s dry, cold-hardy white

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New white wine grape variety shows resistance to downy, powdery mildew, phylloxera.

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New Lewis-Clark Valley appellation established on Washington, Idaho border

June 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

Lewiston, Idaho winemaker: ‘An amazing place to grow and make wine’

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WAVE program to be held July 14

June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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The inaugural Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE) program will be held July 14

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Piece-rate pay guidelines

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Officials working to provide practical advice following last year’s Washington state Supreme Court ruling.

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Hansen: Research leads to better control for grape disease

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Saved fungicide sprays for powdery mildew keep $2 million-plus in grape growers’ pockets.

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SWD – How to stop a proliferate pest?

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Growers and researchers are struggling in efforts to control the spread of spotted wing drosophila.