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  • New Washington Fruit cherry line as harvest begins

Waste not wanted

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Postharvest tools, better communication can help fine-tune storage practices and improve packouts.

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Study support for pears

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Science panel seeks boost in funding to help with increasing costs of pear research projects.

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Ready to rally in Big Sky country

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s sweet cherry growers are hoping for a better year after the downturn of 2017.

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Thurlby: Complications in cherry forecast

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 brings an earlier start and cloud of tariffs over China.

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Washington Supreme Court rules on piece-rate down time

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Supreme Court rules on piece-rate down time

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Should you spend now to save later?

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

As labor costs rise, investing in vineyard mechanization will become increasingly cost-effective.

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Growers facing dilemma over drifting sprays

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Worker housing close to orchards may need to be vacated during pesticide applications, for now.

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Building for the future in Michigan

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Orchard invests in energy-saving labor housing, wins award from governor.

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Getting creative with labor housing

May 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Agricultural employers seeking innovative ways to put up H-2A workers.

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Kids are all right when it comes to hiring

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Quirks and regulations aside, minors can help fill out labor ranks.

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Working day to data in the orchard

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Growers say keep it simple with data tools used to track workers.

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Roles are changing in crop consulting

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Crop consultants are venturing into new arenas with shifts in industry.

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Beating the labor blues

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing.

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What to do if there’s a strike

April 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Walkouts last year provide lessons on how to prepare for labor unrest.

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Here are some pointers for hiring H-2A workers

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Panelists offer insights about federal guest worker program from several years of experience.

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Preparing for fire

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Foresters, growers give advice for protecting orchards and vineyards from wildfires.

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“Recall Ready” workshop May 22 in Pasco, May 23 in Des Moines, WA

April 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Three organizations are teaming up to offer training on what to do when hit by

  • 2018 International Fruit Tree Association New Zealand Study Tour and Conference

Growing into the future – Video

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

New Zealand researchers and growers testing limits with 2D, 3D systems.

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Free training seminars on labor laws May 8 and May 10 in central Washington

April 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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Four agencies are co-sponsoring training sessions on federal and state labor requirements for farm labor.

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US Apple denounces as “harmful” and “inaccurate” EWG’s so-called annual Dirty Dozen list

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

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The activist Environmental Working Group put out its annual “Dirty Dozen” list, again criticizing the

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Apple education foundation seeks applications for ESL and citizenship programs

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Washington Apple Education Foundation, the charity of Washington’s tree fruit industry, is seeking applications

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Who wins in China-U.S. trade tiff? How about Australia? reports CNBC

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

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CNBC says China slapping a tariff on U.S. agriculture goods, including apples and cherries, puts

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Trees without fruit, pollination without bees

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Pollen company joins Washington State University researcher to try planting a pollen-only orchard.

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Protect pollinators while managing diseases

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The fungicides needed to control bloom time disease aren’t as harmless to bees as previously thought.

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When growers meet lawmakers

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Industry groups ask growers to directly participate in lobbying.

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Compost decomposed

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As raw manure faces food safety scrutiny, compost has become a hot commodity.

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Legal battle over Cosmic Crisp unlikely to affect availability of new trees

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Sources describe how dispute began

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Growers flock to Washington, lobbying legislators

March 16th, 2018|0 Comments

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Apple growers appeared in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, visiting more than 100 legislative offices to

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Trent Graybill, a young grower from Zillah, Washington

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Trent is a first-generation farmer who started growing cherries alongside his wife,

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New mindset for managing spotted wing depredation

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

High levels of pest pressure are the new reality for Michigan tart cherry growers.

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Put a ghost in your orchard to keep away BMSB

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Special nets proving to be deadly for brown marmorated stink bugs.

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Lures lead to better moth management

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Enhanced lures let you know where you stand with with oriental fruit moth.

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WSU talks tough, Phytelligence talks softer in suits over Cosmic Crisp

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

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This post from March 13 has been updated with new statements from Washington State University

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Apple maggot quarantine saves $500 million a year

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

New economic analysis puts a price tag on protecting Washington's maggot-free tree fruit regions.

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Dobashi named CEO of Wafla

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

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Wafla, the human resources organization responsible for the bulk of Washington’s H-2A guest workers, has

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Pear bureau announces election

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest has issued the following announcement: Pear growers will elect nominees for positions

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More good mites wanted this year

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Biocontrol and low-pesticide systems appear to be working in controlling mites in vineyards.

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Food safety answers

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The latest updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Khot: Drone data for agriculture

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

While it seems the sky’s the limit, using unmanned aircraft in your orchard requires some caution.

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Mullinax: Are you ready for liftoff?

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

A few things to consider before launching an ag drone initiative.

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Resistance rising for powdery mildew

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Last year’s weather made was especially challenging in battling disease in Western U.S.

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Tony Guisto, a young grower from Hood River, Oregon

February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/Tony grew up in a logging family in Oregon’s Hood River Valley, headed by

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WSU hires new food safety specialist

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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Faith Critzer, an experienced food safety extension specialist, joined Washington State University in January. She

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GMO Arctic Fuji apple passes another approval milestone

January 30th, 2018|2 Comments

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Okanagan Specialty Fruits, maker of the genetically-modified, non browning Arctic announced today their GMO Arctic

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The ripe way for pears in postharvest

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Specialist Rob Blakey makes industrywide recommendations for postharvest pear ripening.

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Researchers discover a coat of armor for cherries

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

A thin film of gum acacia shows promise to prevent splitting in packing house trials.

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Report: Mexican workers accuse blueberry farm of threats, intimidation

January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Seattle Times reports that a lawsuit against a major blueberry grower and recruiting company

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Finding success the cooperative way

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The fewer grower cooperatives packing fruit in the industry today still play crucial role.

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Midsize growers will feel the squeeze

January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit industry poised for consolidation, banker says.

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Going green with reds and whites

January 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Will the investment in eco-certification for your vineyard pay off? It depends.