Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire is taking a group of agriculture representatives on a trade mission to Asia this week and next. This photo shows apple and potato commissioners and support personnel in Sci-tech Beijing with the state’s ag director. Sci-tech is a high-end retailer. Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover will be sending updates throughout the trip as opportunity provides. Also, B.J. Thurlbey, president of the Washington State Fruit Commission will join the group in Vietnam and intends to add to the discussion in this “Out of the Orchard” blog.
● Russia’s economic ban on U.S. agricultural goods will affect the Pacific Northwest’s apple and pear export programs this coming crop year. While [...]