China opens to Washington State apples

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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 [...]

  • Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

Schlect: A cold Arctic blast

  • February 17th, 2015

● USDA announced last Friday its deregulation of a Canadian firm’s–Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc.–two varieties (Granny Smith and Golden) of GMO apples, one day in advance of a three-day weekend. This is not unusual timing for controversial announcements by federal agencies. It almost guarantees a muted response in the [...]

  • Big export year for Northwest cherries

Big export year for Northwest cherries

  • January 27th, 2015

The 2014 season was not only a record year for Northwest cherries, it was one of the best years for Northwest cherry exports, especially to South Korea, which almost doubled imports from 2012.

“Last year was one of our biggest export years ever,” said Keith Hu, foreign marketing director for [...]

  • China’s cold chain is improving

China’s cold chain is improving

  • January 27th, 2015

Though China’s lack of cold-chain facilities and logistics for perishable products has been its Achilles heel, improvements are expected within the next five years, says Keith Hu, Northwest Cherry Growers representative.

China is recognized as one of the hottest markets in the world due to its large population and potential [...]