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Customers are willing to pay a premium only on high quality, fresh sliced pears

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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A premium price
Recently, a willingness-to-pay study has shown that consumers are willing to pay up

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USApple 2017 forecast: big drop in Midwest, slight drop in West, slight increase in East

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

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Apple growers expect to produce upwards of 248.2 million bushels for the 2017-18 crop year,

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NAFTA is the talk of USApple Outlook conference

August 24th, 2017|1 Comment

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The three parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Canada

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Free event in Yakima for growers Sept. 21 on intellectual property management

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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A free Intellectual Property Washington Summit for growers will be held Sept. 21 at the

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Fourth Leaf flies independent flag

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington’s renamed Holtzinger is one of a few packers in U.S. that doesn’t also grow its own fruit.

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Willett: Taking advantage of technology

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

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The desire to automate segments of the tree fruit industry isn’t new.

At its formation, as

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The ag advocates

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Hort Council presses on amid leadership change.

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Board mulling lower assessments for Oregon brine cherries

August 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission is considering a proposed administrative rule change to reduce the assessment rate on brine cherries.

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Tim Akita, a young grower from Dallesport, Washington

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tim is a fourth-generation farmer who works both as a chiropractor in The Dalles, Oregon, and runs the family farm that his great-grandfather, Nobuhei Akita, started in 1931.

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The quest for new varieties, cold-hardy rootstock

July 28th, 2017|0 Comments

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Researchers from around the world presented their latest findings regarding cold-hardy rootstocks and new varieties

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NY Apple Association makes staffing changes

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The New York Apple Association has announced that its president and CEO Cynthia Haskins will direct the association's marketing and promotional activities for the 2017 apple crop.

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Bryant Christie Inc. celebrates 25th anniversary

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

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Bryant Christie Inc., a company that helps agricultural, food and beverage producers open and expand

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Scholarships offered for United Fresh Washington Conference

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.

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Southeastern peach growers eye solutions after freeze

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

After warm winter, southeastern peach growers lost most of their crop to a spring freeze — now finding ways to adapt has become critical.

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IFTA seeks new management and staffing proposals

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) seeks proposals from individuals or management companies to provide

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Honeycrisp sports race toward red

June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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New varieties aren’t the only things on growers’ minds. They are also thinking about upgrading

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Lots of new apples coming to market

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Appealing taste profiles, earlier harvesting and southern expansions are some of the characteristics of the

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Should Cosmic Crisp have a “utility” grade?

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Questions remain about color standards for new Washington State University variety.

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Apple industry readies itself for the big thing called Cosmic Crisp

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Planting surge of highly hyped Cosmic Crisp is likely to test growers, packers, marketers — and consumers.

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Amazon purchase of Whole Foods a sign of big disruption in food retailing

June 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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America’s grocery stores are undergoing tremendous change.

Profits face downward pressure. Consumers are buying more from outside

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Interpera Congress addresses industry inertia

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

About 150 people attended the first day of Interpera 2017, this year’s World Pear Congress meeting, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Wenatchee.

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U.S. congressmen ask for analysis of Polish apples

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.

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Chelan Fresh, Columbia Valley Fruit enter agreement

June 13th, 2017|0 Comments

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Six weeks after announcing a merger with another fruit company, Chelan Fresh has entered into

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Ambrosia apple patent opens up

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

20-year U.S. patent ends on popular club variety.

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Gilbert: Farm Bill bears fruit for all

June 6th, 2017|3 Comments

A Good Fruit Grower Good Point by Sean Gilbert, Gilbert Orchards

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Northwest pear growers predict smaller crop

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Northwest pear growers are estimating a fresh crop of about 17.6 million boxes for the 2017 season, down 2 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the five-year average.

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Fire leads to new way of cherry drying business

May 31st, 2017|0 Comments

High and dry innovation by California cherry family.

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Sweethearts offer better returns than Bings in Washington

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU economists find a sweeter investment in Sweethearts than Bings when comparing production costs.

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Ag groups respond to Trump’s proposed budget

May 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which

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Thurlby: Looking ahead to the Northwest cherry season

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”

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Processed Pear Committee looking for public member nominations

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The public member position of the Processed Pear Committee will be up for nomination during the committee's annual meeting.

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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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The buzz is growing for Cosmic Crisp

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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Cosmic Crisp has been a huge topic among growers for years, and now the variety

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Washington state’s Borton Fruit, Chelan Fresh to merge

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Two longtime Washington state fruit companies will join forces when Chelan Fresh merges with Borton Fruit this summer.

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Sorry about the label confusion

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Good Fruit Grower ran a story in our April 15 issue about the Washington Apple Commission discussing uses of its apples logo and sticker.

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Cider makers embrace regional variation

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

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Google the phrase “The Napa Valley of Hard Cider.”

Turns out, a lot of places,

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Northwest pear growers will continue marketing order

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Overwhelming majorities in favor of order

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Sorry about the label confusion

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Good Fruit Grower ran a story in our April 15 issue about the Washington Apple Commission discussing uses of its apples logo and sticker.

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Washington Apple Commission will push Galas and Red Delicious in Mexico and Asia

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

‘Value-added’ markets are key

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Staying on top of trends and tastes : Video

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

For apple growers, domestic and global markets hold promising opportunities if you know what to look for.

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Growers, packers meet with lawmakers

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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Members of the Washington Apple Commission and Columbia Fruit Packers were among a group of

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Washington Apple Commission announces marketing plan

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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As part of its new, five-year strategic plan, the Washington Apple Commission has proposed focusing

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Lacey Lybeck, a young grower from Pasco, Washington

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background/ Lacey grew up working alongside her family on their farm Hulbert Farms and

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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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Flying fruit a little easier

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Canadian initiative aims to boost Okanagan fruit sales, recognition.

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Medford fresh pear handler nominations set

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Fresh Pear Committee handler position for Medford, Oregon, will be held March 28 in

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Processed pear handler election set for Hood River

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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An election for the Processed Pear Committee handler position for Oregon District No. 2 will be held

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Pear handler election set for Wenatchee, Washington

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Wenatchee, Washington, district position on the Fresh Pear Committee

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The GMO debate gets more complicated

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

As growers and regulators try to keep up with advances in genomics, questions arise over what is and is not genetically engineered.

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Club model seems to be working for SweeTango growers, consumers

February 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Sweet SweeTango