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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

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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

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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|0 Comments

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.’

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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.

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Recruiting researchers requires patience

May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

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

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Small growers find a new way to H-2A

May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Joint contracts help some wine grape growers share the cost and the crew.

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On the road to tech

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission says new technology roadmap will spur innovation and guide investment.

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National Organic Standards Board discusses sanitizer reviews

April 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Of all the synthetic products allowed in organic food production, sanitizers required for food safety

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Picking among the best new cherry roots

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

New rootstock options could meet the needs of Northwest cherry growers.

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Deciphering designer rootstocks

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

More options mean more complex planting decisions.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

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No-match letters from the Social Security Administration are back

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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Growers should keep an eye out for “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration, which

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Growers try fighting vigor with water

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Control over irrigation offers Washington growers more ways to manage vigor.

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Project examines rootstock’s role in bitter pit

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Using rootstocks to manage bitter pit in Honeycrisp is one piece of a major research project known as Root2Fruit.

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Water wins for Eastern Washington

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Congress approves Western water plans, boosts Bureau of Reclamation budget.

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Washington researchers get a look at European innovations

April 2nd, 2019|1 Comment

Research commission tour finds some exciting ideas but no major advances on technology tour in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Using sensors to test vineyard stress

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Measuring vine stress with stem pressure tests is time-consuming, but a new approach using soil tension could provide wine grape growers a wealth of valuable data.

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Canopy camera in your pocket: Video

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

Smartphone photos, coupled with a computer program that analyzes orchard canopies, could help growers count their crops before harvest.

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Management of grapevine trunk diseases varies by region

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wood rot pathogens pose a serious threat to vineyards worldwide, but grapevine trunk diseases are

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Researchers look to fungi to help keep honeybees healthy

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

New research explores two very different fungi that could knock out the varroa mite and boost bees' immunity.

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Pollination calculation: Every bee counts

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Online tool helps growers assess how much pollination they get from wild bees.

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Raising a stink for BMSB research

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Raising colonies of brown marmorated stink bugs helps researchers identify more IPM-friendly tools for management.

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Native natural enemies

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers looking at native cousins of the Asian parasitoid wasp that targets brown marmorated stink bug.

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SWD resistance a red flag for organic growers

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

The only organic insecticide for spotted wing drosophila is losing efficacy as the pest gains resistance in berry production region of California.

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USDA announces funds to fight spotted lanternfly

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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The fight against spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania got a $6.5 million boost this week with

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Spotted lanternfly a new grape threat

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Swarms of feeding spotted lanternfly can kill a vineyard. Will the Pennsylvania quarantine be able to keep them from spreading?

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Unravelling the mysteries of the grapevine leaffolder

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New wine grape pest in one Washington region turns out to be cousin of common California leaffolder.