The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic logging device requirements.
From the Los Angeles Times: "California’s highest court decided unanimously Monday that farmers may have a labor contract imposed on them if negotiations with a union fail to produce an agreement."
The acreage of juice grapes in Washington continues to decline, but the price is likely to go up next year, said Trent Ball at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting on Friday. Challenging growing seasons in Argentina, Spain, and California mean global supplies are down.
Oregon State University is looking for sweet cherry growers in the Northwest to help develop a long-term Integrated Pest Management plan.
More than 2,400 fruit, berry and vegetable growers are expected to attend the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention set for Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Wenatchee district grower position and a handler position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.