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Vanguard International buys Pride Packing

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The Vanguard International Group of Issaquah, Washington, has purchased Pride Packing Co. of Wapato, Washington, to further its goal of developing a vertically integrated fresh-fruit organization.

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Seattle Times: Tree Top uses surplus peaches to feed hungry

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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From The Seattle Times:
There’s the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Tree Top,

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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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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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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Fertilizer tips to maximize baby tree growth

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Nourishing new orchards

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The latest on FF Robotics’ machine harvester

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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IFTA’s summer field tour in New York last year focused on automation technologies and growers

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Brett Grobe, a Young Grower from Elyria, Ohio

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / Brett is a sixth-generation fruit and vegetable grower in northern Ohio near

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Don’t invest in unwanted shoot growth

March 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

With spring approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, a new season for orchardists starts with flowers, new leaves and shoots — and much anxiety.

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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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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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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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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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Tissue culture company begins selling plants directly to growers – Video

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Culture change: Oregon company looks to reduce wait time for key rootstocks

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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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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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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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Washington grower and packer Gary W. Hansen dies at 73

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

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Gary W. Hansen, the former president of Hansen Fruit and Cold Storage of Yakima, Washington,

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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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Where do you match consumer expectations?

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Economists quantify importance of fruit qualities based on differing perspectives of producers, packers and consumers.

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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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Washington state expands apple maggot quarantine area

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department

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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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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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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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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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WSTFA annual meeting — Wednesday wrapup

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future

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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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Washington State hires tree fruit extension specialist

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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Washington State University has hired Rob Blakey for an endowed position as tree fruit extension

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Share your know-how and grow-how — Great Lakes Expo preview

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Expert view: Individual growers must take on customer fears about GMOs and chemicals.

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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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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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Promising progress for solid-set delivery

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

MSU research team improves system to reduce chemical waste.

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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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Growers lay out future of family farm with succession plan

July 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Generations to follow

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New peach and nectarine varieties help Eastern growers compete

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Marketing challenges in the Mid-Atlantic

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Reinventing the string thinner (Video)

July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

California cling peach grower modifies Darwin for nonplanar orchards.

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Paul Bavaro, a young grower from Escalon, California

April 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Paul is a fourth-generation peach grower who’s been working with his father, Frank, on mechanization trials to help reduce labor costs and improve fruit quality.

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A spray-plus education (Video)

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

Farm worker teaching team leads the nation in preparing workers for safe use of pesticides.

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Not your grandpa’s weather vane

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

New fruit models, seamless data boost Michigan’s Enviro-weather system.

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How to check for apple and peach bud damage

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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Eastern growers are assessing bud damage in their peach and apple blocks after an unseasonably

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Joe Brandt, a young grower from Wapato, Washington

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Joe returned to the 1,500-acre family farm after working in finance and manages domestic and export sales and marketing for the company.

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Watering by the numbers

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Extension specialists take the mystery out of irrigating.

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Changing ideas about water

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Irrigation becomes crucial tool even in well-watered East.

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Better ways to irrigate

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU researcher offers tips for reducing water use.

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Know your soil before picking your rootstock

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Researchers encourage growers to match a rootstock’s ability to absorb nutrients to those nutrients found in the soil.

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Root care

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Remember to consider what lies beneath when maintaining a healthy orchard.