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Kate PrengamanKate Prengaman is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles for the print magazine and website. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kate joined the magazine in 2016. Prior to the Good Fruit Grower, she covered the natural resources beat for the Yakima Herald-Republic and reported environmental stories for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  She lives in Yakima with her husband and two daughters.

Contact her at 509-853-3518 or at kate@goodfruit.com and follow her on twitter @kprengaman

My Recent Articles

  • Little cherry disease and Western X disease

Growers raise the alarm on postharvest pest control for little cherry disease vectors

July 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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As the cherry harvest wraps up, growers in Central Washington should launch their leafhopper control

  • Produce safety program on-farm readiness review

State agencies offer readiness reviews for FSMA inspections

July 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Readiness review offers growers an educational opportunity to make sure they feel prepared for FSMA inspections.

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Giving tradition a nudge in the vineyard

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

New generation of disease-resistant grapes are showing signs of increased acceptance in Europe.

  • Douglas Fruit peach and nectarine orchard

Growing fluent in flavor

July 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Douglas Fruit leads Washington in search of an organic niche in the summer fruit space.

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Duckwall Fruit celebrates 100 years

July 3rd, 2019|1 Comment

Hood River stalwart honors its history and looks to the future.

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Bee-based biocontrol – Video

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New technology that uses bees to deliver biocontrol exactly where it’s needed could help organic blueberry growers fight mummy berry.

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Prengaman: Yearn to learn

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Industry innovation drives this magazine, and in my new role, I’m eager to guide our coverage of the research, policies and practices shaping the fruit business today.

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An inside look at WA 38

June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

New expanded starch scale will help get the first Cosmic Crisp harvest ripe from the start.

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Hot new varieties for hot climates

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Pome fruit breeding partnership between Spain and New Zealand produces new cultivars that will help the industry adapt to climate change.

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Organic community honors David Granatstein

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Retired sustainable agriculture specialist recognized for 30-year career at WSU.

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Defining organics

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest tree fruit industry speaks up when Seattle hosts the National Organic Standards Board.

  • Interpera 10th World Pear Conference

Got gibberellins?

June 19th, 2019|0 Comments

For fruit size and firmness benefits, GA3 is a good choice for cherry growers.

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U.S. ITC finds merit in tart cherry producers’ claim of harm by Turkish imports

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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American producers of dried tart cherries make a reasonable case that they are being injured

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Michigan apple shippers combine forces

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Two Michigan apple shippers are joining forces on sales and marketing, BelleHarvest and Michigan Fresh

  • Northwest sweet cherries being harvested in 2019.

Cherry harvest underway and crop estimate revised down 4 percent from May

June 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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The Northwest cherry season is underway, with the first week of harvest completed for the

  • New apricots

New niche varieties spreading juicy rumors

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Can new apricot varieties spark renewed interest from consumers and growers?

  • Michigan State University tree fruit pruning

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission renews MSU infrastructure funding

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan tree fruit growers vote again to put their own money toward the infrastructure at Michigan State University’s research orchards.

  • Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC)

The land grant mission

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

As funding for higher education increasingly dries up, universities seek new ways to keep permanent crops growing and thriving.

  • Pear packing at the Duckwall Fruit packing facility

More Northwest-grown Bartlett pears went to fresh market in 2018

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

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For the first time, more Northwest-grown Bartlett pears headed into the fresh market than the

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Crossing paths to sweet success

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU cherry breeder has plans for improving program.

  • Grapevine Red Blotch

Sugar stall caused by grapevine red blotch virus

May 27th, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers discover that grapevine red blotch virus reduces fruit quality by interrupting how the fruit accumulate sugar and make anthocyanins.

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USDA announces $16 billion in trade aid to farmers for 2019

May 24th, 2019|0 Comments

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a second round of financial assistance to farmers hurt

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European cherry fruit fly quarantine in New York expands

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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Federal regulators have expanded the quarantine zone for the European cherry fruit fly in New

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Don’t fight the physiology

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Cherry Fruit School session focuses on how cherry systems can more efficiently harness the trees’ natural growing habits for peak performance.

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Canadian nursery launches tissue culture lab

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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This week, Upper Canada Growers announced the opening of a new tissue culture laboratory in

  • Cherry trees prepared for burning

Big response for little cherry disease

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Pacific Northwest industry aims to tackle little cherry disease.

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Healthy strategies for smokey skies

May 14th, 2019|1 Comment

Keep your workers safe when pollution threatens.

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Reducing the risk of listeria: Video

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Food safety experts share strategies for monitoring and responding to ‘L. mono.’

  • Irrigation water testing training

Lessons learned from leafy greens

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Last year’s E. coli outbreaks in romaine lettuce illustrate the challenges for food safety programs.

  • Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC)

Recruiting researchers requires patience

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Even with an endowment, finding the right experts is a long process.