China opens to Washington State apples

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  • Cold Train officers file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF railway

Cold Train officers file $41 million lawsuit against BNSF railway

  • April 7th, 2015

Two former officers of Cold Train Express Intermodal Service have filed a $41 million lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, alleging they suffered damage after having to shut down the service in August of 2014.

Steven Lawson, the former President/CEO, and Mike Lerner, the former managing member of [...]

Health Canada approves Arctic apples for growth and sale

  • March 20th, 2015

Health Canada has approved two varieties of Arctic apples, Arctic Granny Smith and Arctic Golden Delicious, for growth and sale in Canada.
The announcement was made on the Health Canada website five weeks after deregulation was granted in the United States by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The apples [...]

Biennial pear congress to begin this year in Italy

  • March 18th, 2015

Beginning this year, Italy’s Interpoma congress and trade show, which focuses on apples, will be alternated with Futurpera, an exhibition devoted to pears.

Interpoma, which is held every other year, was last held in November 2014 in Bolzano in the South Tyrol area. The first biennial Futurpera exhibition will be [...]

DeVaney: Why telling our story matters

  • March 10th, 2015

By Jon DeVaney

While not yet ratified, an agreement on a new contract for West Coast port workers has been reached, ending four months of work slow-downs and temporary closures that have severely harmed our industry and the entire U.S. economy. While an agreement is welcome news, the damage has already [...]

Positions open for Washington Wine Commission

  • March 3rd, 2015

Wine grape growers and producers who are interested in joining the Washington Wine Commission board are asked to apply before March 20, 2015. Five, 3-year commission positions are either vacant or are expiring this year. The Washington State Director of Agriculture will appoint the positions between May and July [...]

Crab apple pruning demos

  • March 2nd, 2015

Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012 and 2014 due to fruit infection caused by two postharvest rots, recently reopened. The [...]

Trade agreement is unifying: Good Point

  • February 27th, 2015

A few years ago, Todd Fryhover of the Washington State Apple Commission was invited to speak at the Premier Apple Co-Op meeting in New York to talk about “China.”

As I introduced him to the group of apple growers and marketers from basically the entire eastern apple growing states including [...]