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 [...]

Bigger crops ahead

  • January 21st, 2015
Growers will need to produce niche varieties and maximize production efficiency, marketers say.
  • New tree fruit association will expand services

New tree fruit association will expand services

  • November 28th, 2014
The new Washington Tree Fruit Association plans to expand its services to the industry, says President Jon DeVaney, who will be busy working on legislative affairs in the state capital of Olympia in the coming session.

Organic fruit attracts customers

  • November 26th, 2014

Steve Tennes, who operates the Country Mill orchard and farm market at Charlotte, Michigan, became convinced several years ago that there was a future in organic fruit production. Today, some of his customers will come a hundred miles or more from Detroit and Chicago specially to buy his organic [...]

Tree fruit groups do well with new MAP funding

  • November 20th, 2014

The nation’s tree fruit organizations fared well in 2015 funding allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program. Ten organizations representing tree fruit will receive more than $16 million of the $173 million allocated to help expand export markets.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the MAP funding allocations [...]

New organization to promote Australia’s horticulture industry

  • November 16th, 2014

A new organization called Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited has been formed to replace Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and undertake research and development and marketing efforts to support Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry.

The move follows a recent independent report into the performance of HAL that recommended a change to a [...]