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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.

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Matthew Hendrickson fills new staff position at USApple

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association announced in a news release that Matthew Hendrickson will join the

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Seneca closing pear processing plant

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Closure leaves Northwest with only two pear processing facilities.

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Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

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Erika Espinoza, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

June 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Erika grew up in Washington’s Yakima Valley and was trained in business

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The margins of mechanization

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Oregon State University economist assesses the costs and benefits of mechanizing vineyard tasks.

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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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WSDA offering on-site airblast sprayer training through June

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is currently enrolling employers from the tree fruit industry

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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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Good to Know: 2019 Pacific Northwest cherry research funding

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

More than $930,000 provided for 20 different research projects.

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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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Working holidays a lifestyle for some ag workers

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Traveling, camping workers pitch in for British Columbia’s busy tree fruit season.

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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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Communication key to managing workplace complaints

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

How grievance policies make for better workers and businesses.

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Easing restrictions for farmworker housing

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Federal ag housing loans now open to H-2A employers.

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Northwest farms sought for heat awareness project

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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University of Washington and Washington State University researchers are looking for Northwest farms to help

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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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Mumps hits farmworkers

April 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Health authorities have moved about 25 workers exposed to mumps into isolated houses in response

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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|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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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