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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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USDA’s farmers.gov now features help with H-2A applications and managing loans

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched of two new features on farmers.gov to provide

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Washington researchers get a look at European innovations

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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

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Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture

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FDA announces wine grapes among commodities to be exempt from Produce Safety Rule

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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On March 27, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) issued a statement praising the U.S. Food and

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Robotic picking machine’s first apple harvest underway: Video

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Abundant Robotics debuts robotic harvester in New Zealand apple orchard for first harvest headed to market.

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WSTFA offers FSMA training in English and Spanish on April 11, 12; May 2, 3

March 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is offering FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses

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US Apple flies in to Washington D.C.

March 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Almost 100 apple growers from across the country traveled to Washington D.C. this week for

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Harrison Van Meekeren, a young grower from Lakeville, Nova Scotia

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Harrison grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and is

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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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New pesticide application method a shot in the bark

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

MSU researcher compares trunk injection to spray application for pear psylla control.

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Sterile codling moth factory ‘a funky business’

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

British Columbia moth factory cranks out sterile bugs by the millions.

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Breeding bugs to fly and die: Video

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers, technology company explore sterile codling moth releases in U.S. apple orchards.

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Sale of Broetje Orchards creates FirstFruits Farms

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

New owner plans to continue many employee-support programs created by Broetje.

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New Innovator grant targets pesticide residue

February 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Fighting pests by spraying ozonated water and steaming them with hot, highly refined oil vapors:

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Spanish-language FSMA training in Eastern WA March 5 and 6

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Spanish-language Produce Safety Alliance grower training

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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift: Video

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

New drift assessment survey underway to improve models that predict pesticide drift risk and potentially preclude unnecessarily restrictive labels.

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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Winegrowers Day 2

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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Labor remains the biggest cost for wine grape growers in Washington, and for many, it

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Highlights in the new Farm Bill

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Farm Bill includes several provisions that affect the tree fruit industry.

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FSMA grower training offered in Eastern Washington Feb. 12, 13 and 20

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course

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Scharlau: Staying ahead of the issues

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

A look at some of the rules and regulations that will impact vintners and growers this year.

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A pick of packing house highlights

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Packing house highlights: Kershaw innovates old-school style, Washington Fruit stacks with robots and Columbia Fruit finds new vision with improved tunnel.

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New York viticulturist, climatologist earn Excellence in IPM Awards

January 18th, 2019|0 Comments

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Alice Wise, viticulture and research specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and Keith

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Peracetic acid shines in sanitizer study

January 15th, 2019|2 Comments

WSU researcher tinkers with sanitizers and best ways to use them.

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Ozone filling a void for fruit packers

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Organic storage and food safety needs drive renewed interest in ozone technology.

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Good to Know: Wash and learn

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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It’s a fact of life: If you’re storing, holding or packing produce, you have a

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Dininny: A+ effort on next apple defect guide

January 14th, 2019|1 Comment

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For years, Washington growers and packers have turned to a handy, 36-page guide to determine

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Kurrle: 2019 brings challenges and opportunities

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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From agricultural labor to farm bill programs, regulations and trade agreements, the policies and decisions

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Growers need a plan for preventing workplace discrimination

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

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Attorney Sarah Wixson was impressed with her client, a Washington grower, for already having complex

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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Food recall risks are rising

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Food industry consultant offers tips for preparing for an FDA inspection and preventing a recall.

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Picking a harvest platform: Roundup of manufacturers’ top picks

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers have many choices as manufacturers invest heavily in harvest platforms.

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Prototype picker: Apple Vacuum System tested (VIDEO)

December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Apple Vacuum System mounted on a Bandit Xpress platform may look strange, but orchard managers seem pleased with performance.

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Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Today Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The House of

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Flor Maldonado, a young grower from Tonasket, Washington

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Flor grew up on farms, since she was a small child, helping

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WSTFA18: Postharvest problems

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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Washington State University Extension, in cooperation with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and Good

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Growing by the numbers: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

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Dan Plath farms by the data.

He frequently responds to this reporter’s questions about horticultural decisions

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Growing potential: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Funding education is a top priority for the Plath family.

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DeVaney: Reflections on 2018 …

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

WSTFA President Jon DeVaney reflects on 2018 and looks ahead to the next year

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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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Good to Know: Biocontrol for bunch rot

October 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Native yeasts have potential to inhibit fungal disease in Washington vineyards.

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Napa Valley faces watershed moment

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Woodland concerns behind vote to limit Napa vineyards.

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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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New regulations over wine wastewater

September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Reactions are mixed over new rule requiring many Washington state wineries to obtain a permit.

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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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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.