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Grape Society

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Awards and the search for a soil connection to chlorosis at the final day of the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting.

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Annual apple residue report now available

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission residue study aims to help growers with their spray programs

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California moves toward curtailing Lorsban

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

State’s Department of Pesticides Regulation suggests several temporary measures as they work toward permanent state-wide restrictions.

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WA Grape Society annual meeting highlights

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Topics include smoke taint and some good news for Concord grape growers

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Call for committee nominations

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear, cherry and apricot growers and handlers can submit committee nominations at industry meetings in December and January.

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Rainiers break a record in the 2018 cherry season review

October 25th, 2018|1 Comment

Northwest Cherry Growers releases year-end report on second-largest crop ever.

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Doug Gore announces retirement from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Woodinville, Washington-based wine maker also announced the promotions of two vice presidents.

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Washington growers lower their 2018 apple crop expectations

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington growers confirm their suspicions of a lighter-than-expected crop with a revised smaller 2018 forecast.

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Congress holds fate of new trade deal to replace NAFTA

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

While agreement calls for no tariffs on apples, pears and cherries between North American nations, Mexico’s separate 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples could remain in place.

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WSU, Australian university team up for new robotics collaboration

October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Scientists from Washington State University and an Australian technological university have partnered to form a joint center to speed the advancement of automation in agriculture.

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Money available for U.S. sweet cherry growers hurt by trade disputes

September 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Cherry growers are expected to share in $111.5 million in aid as part of an overall $12 billion package the Trump administration approved to help growers and producers hurt by trade policies.

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WAEF honors volunteers for service

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Xochitl Velazquez, Steve Clive and Washington Fruit & Produce were honoredfor their service to the foundation’s efforts with educational opportunities and scholarship awards.

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Constance Savage named general manager of L’Ecole N° 41

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

L’Ecole’s current general manager Debbie Frol will retire at the end of the year.

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USDA shares details on relief program for apple and pear growers

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. apple and pear growers who may be harmed by ongoing international trade disputes will be able to apply for the federal government’s relief package beginning in October.

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Entomologist joins WSU’s Extension Center in Wenatchee

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Tobin Northfield will work to develop sustainable strategies to contain pests that threaten apple, pear, cherry and other fruit crops.

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New price for processed pears: $353 per ton

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The new price is lower than the $360 per ton paid last year due to lower prices from the food service sector and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an influx of Chinese canned pears sold at lower than the cost of U.S. production.

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Stannard named new chair at USApple

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

She has been in the apple business since 1996 and is owner of New York Apple Sales, Inc., one of the largest marketers of New York state apples.

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Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

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New U.S. apple crop estimate revised downward

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

256.2 million bushel crop prediction on Day 2 of US Apple Outlook meeting is 6 percent lower than USDA's estimate from two weeks ago, largely based on changes in Washington's crop.

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Gala on pace to topple Red Delicious’ reign

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Day 1 at the 2018 US Apple Outlook: U.S. growers expect Red Delicious to yield its place as the leading variety by volume for the first time in more than 50 years.

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MSU seeks growers to help study powdery mildew resistance

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Grape growers in Michigan are wanted to help with a survey throughout the state to help identify fungicide resistant powdery mildew populations.

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Ste. Michelle president and CEO to retire

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, is ending his storied and acclaimed career with the company.

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New leader for Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

August 20th, 2018|1 Comment

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has named Ines Hanrahan as its executive director, replacing retiring manager Mike Willett.

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Rough times for Reds

August 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Once the most popular apple, Red Delicious is having a down year in the statistics game.

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Alan R. Sams hired as new dean for OSU’s ag sciences college

August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sams, who worked in prominent agricultural programs at both Texas A&M and Clemson universities, will start work on Oct. 31.

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Northwest pear crop on track to be fourth-largest ever

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Now at 20.2 million boxes, crop estimate tops an early season prediction made in late June.

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University of Minnesota introduces First Kiss apple

August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

The same apple breeding team that brought Honeycrisp to market is releasing a new cultivar this year.

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Washington apple forecast: 131 million boxes

August 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington apple growers expect to harvest 131 million boxes of apples this year, down slightly from last year’s haul.

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WTFRC releases results from 2018 cherry pesticide residue study

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission conducted its annual study of residues of commonly used pesticides on cherries at harvest.

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Mid-Atlantic blueberry growers wanted for survey

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

The survey takes about 2 to 3 minutes and is available for blueberry growers until Sept. 1.

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That’s a wrap: IFTA summer tour concludes

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

A visit to a high-density Ambrosia and Honeycrisp orchard overlooking the upper stretches of Okanagan Lake brought the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour to a conclusion.

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Washington State Wine announces priorities for research program

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

A new list of priorities developed with input from winemakers and wine grape growers in Washington state will guide the Washington State Wine’s funding recommendations for research in 2019.

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Where no cherry has gone before — IFTA BC tour Day 2

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, are planting cherries in places where they won’t pick until mid-September.

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Insect and disease scouting surveys underway

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Here's your chance to participate in insect and disease scouting surveys underway in Washington state.

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Woodall joins Michigan Apple Committee as regional manager

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The Michigan Apple Committee has hired John Woodall as regional manager covering the northern region of the U.S.

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Proposals wanted for National Clean Plant Network projects for 2019

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

APHIS will accept proposals through Oct. 12 and anticipates awarding a minimum of $5 million in cooperative agreements.

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IFTA tours Summerland research center’s genetic diversity

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A glimpse of 30,000 apple varieties in various stages of propagation overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake highlighted the first day of the International Tree Fruit Association summer tour through British Columbia.

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Dressel named chairperson of NYAA board

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Sarah Dressel of Dressel Farms in New Paltz, New York, has been named chairperson of

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Gebbers testifies before U.S. House committee about tariffs

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Cass Gebbers, president and CEO of Gebbers Farms in Brewster, Washington, testified before the trade

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Washington State Ag Department seeks grower input on top priorities

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is asking growers and industry workers to take part in a survey to identify top priorities for the program.

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Adams joins Washington Apple Commission’s communications team

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Commission has hired Toni Lynn Adams as a communications outreach coordinator.

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Washington Wine Industry Foundation awards $38,000 to students

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The scholarships went to a dozen students from Washington State University and Walla Walla Community College who are pursuing careers in the wine industry.

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Celebration of Life for Bill Ryan on Aug. 11

July 12th, 2018|0 Comments

A Celebration of Life event for William J. “Bill” Ryan will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Yakima Arboretum in Yakima, Washington.

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USDA extends labor housing program to growers putting up H-2A workers

July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture administrates loans and grants designed to employers who build or improve housing for farmworkers, but they had always been restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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WSU breaks ground on state-of-the-art Plant Sciences Building

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Aiming to be recognized as one of the top 25 public research universities by 2030, Washington State University broke ground on June 27 for its Plant Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art research facility.

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New statewide IPM coordinator named for Oregon

June 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.

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Quarantine in New York’s Niagara County for European cherry fruit fly

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. officials are taking action to stop the potential spread of an invasive fruit fly that could threaten the cherry crop in New York state.

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Goodbye to all that

June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

After five years, my thanks to growers and the staff of this magazine.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager