The Northwest’s overall sweet cherry crop is now expected to come in smaller than original estimates called for.
So said the final industry crop estimate, released today, coincidentally National Rainier Cherry Day.
The combined haul of the five major Northwest cherry producing states should be about 22.1 million 20-pound box equivalents, down
Stemilt Growers, a tree fruit growing, packing and shipping company based in Wenatchee, Washington, is adding Darrin Belton to its agriculture leadership team in the newly created position of business development director of Stemilt Ag Services, according to a news release. Belton joins Stemilt’s agriculture division after a 31-year career
Next Big Thing, a growers’ cooperative that grows and markets managed varieties of apples, including SweeTango, recently announced that Jennifer Parkhill will lead the organization as executive director, according to a news release. Parkhill will be responsible for developing strategies to advance the cooperative’s mission and objectives, promoting the co-op
Washington’s tree fruit industry has awarded nearly $9 million in scholarships to some 2,000 students through the Washington Apple Education Foundation since its inception in 1994.
And that figure is about to go up: More than $1.1 million will be awarded this year to 330 students, as the group celebrates its
Kimberly A. Kropf and Caleb J. Coulter were appointed to the Michigan Apple Committee board of directors on April 12 and attended their first Michigan Apple Committee meeting on June 4.
Kropf succeeds Tony Blattner, representing District 3 growers for a term expiring April 1, 2022. Kropf currently works at
The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) have named Kasey Cronquist as the new president, effective July 29, according to a news release. The councils’ current executive director, Mark Villata, will retire at the end of this year.
“After 25 exciting and rewarding years working for
Tee up to honor past tree fruit industry leaders and help support tomorrow’s leaders at the 26th annual Washington State Tree Fruit Association golf tournament on Tuesday, August 6 at the Highland Golf Course in East Wenatchee, Washington.
The annual WSTFA golf tournament helps raise money to support student scholarships
After delaying for nearly a year, India this week slapped an extra tariff on U.S. apples in retaliation for President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.
The 20-percent tariff, which took effect Saturday, June 15, is in addition to an already existing tariff of 50 percent India charges on apple imports from
Pear Bureau Northwest announced in a news release the first official fresh pear crop estimate for the 2019-20 season. Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Medford and Mid-Columbia districts anticipate harvesting 17.3 million 44-pound box equivalents, or approximately 380,000 tons of fresh pears.
Cosmic Crisp, the new apple variety developed by Washington State University as WA 38, will be part of a partnership with two refrigerated product companies: Crunch Pak, the sliced apple specialist, and Litehouse, known for its refrigerated salad dressings and innovative consumer packaged goods.
According to a news release from
Good Fruit Grower received the following information in a news release about the 9th annual Yakima Pom Club golf tournament, scheduled on July 25 in Yakima, Washington.
It’s that time again…
Please join us for the 9th Annual Pom Club Golf Tournament
Title sponsor: Wilson O.V.S.
Date: Thursday, July 25
Anita Azarenko has been named interim vice provost for the division of university outreach and engagement at Oregon State University and director of the OSU Extension Service, according to a news release.
Azarenko will replace Scott Reed, who will retire from OSU on July 31.
Azarenko has more than 30
The U.S. Apple Association announced in a news release that Matthew Hendrickson will join the organization in the newly created position of manager of association services.
Previously with Interel Group US, an association management consulting firm, Hendrickson brings to USApple his experience in association and nonprofit management, including member development, program
For the first time, more Northwest-grown Bartlett pears headed into the fresh market than the processing market last year.
Processors canned just under 100,000 tons and packers took just over 100,000 tons, B.J. Thurlby, manager of the Processing Pear Committee, told the committee’s board at its annual meeting in Portland
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a second round of financial assistance to farmers hurt by recent trade wars — $16 billion worth of direct payments, surplus commodity purchases and new export market development.
This follows the $11 billion aid package the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized last year.
More sweet cherry
A recent spell of rainy weather hasn’t helped much. Washington’s drought has officially gotten worse anyway.
Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half the state, including most of Central Washington’s tree fruit production area, according to a new release Monday from the state Department of
This week, Upper Canada Growers announced the opening of a new tissue culture laboratory in Harrow, Ontario, that aims to provide Canadian growers with clean fruit trees and rootstocks — faster than the current certification process for new varieties.
The new lab is a partnership with the University of Guelph and
At a celebratory event on May 7, U.S. Apple Association awarded students at the Michigan School for the Deaf a $4,000 Apples4Ed grant. According to a news release, the Michigan school was selected for its proposal to create a healthy snack “fueling station” for students living on campus.
“The Michigan School
Growers and industry representatives from five Northwest cherry producing states predicted a crop of about 23.6 million 20-pound box equivalents at the industry’s annual preseason meeting today in Richland, Washington.
Northwest Cherry Growers meets every May to estimate the upcoming crop of sweet cherries grown in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change to apple grading standards.
Earlier this week, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service proposed a rule change that would remove net-like russeting as a factor to determine Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy and U.S. No. 1 grades for Fuji apples, according to a notice
British Columbia’s largest fruit company has purchased land on which to build a new packing line and company headquarters.
BC Tree Fruits, a 400-member grower cooperative, is finalizing the purchase of 85 acres in Kelowna for new apple, cherry, pear and soft fruit packing lines, office space and its cidery, the
Seneca Foods is getting out of the processed pear business and will shutter its Sunnyside, Washington, plant this fall.
The Marion, New York, food company plans to honor existing grower commitments to process the 2019 pear crop before closing sometime in October or November, Tim Benjamin, the chief financial officer, told
The Washington State Fruit Commission board of directors meeting is scheduled Wednesday, May 15, at the Red Lion Hanford House in Richland, Washington.
President B.J. Thurlby will report on commission business and Good Fruit Grower projects. Financial reports will be presented by commission treasurer JoAnne Daniels.
Industry reports will include
Of all the synthetic products allowed in organic food production, sanitizers required for food safety standards are some of the most important for all producers and handlers.
The National Organic Standards Board, a diverse group of growers, handlers and environmentalists charged with decided what stays on the National List of allowed
BC Tree Fruits, a grower cooperative that packs most of British Columbia’s apples, has permanently filled its CEO and chief financial officer positions in the wake of a company restructuring.
Todd McMyn started his role as CEO on April 1, according to a news release from the Kelowna company. He previously
Growers should keep an eye out for “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration, which warn employers that the agency has found that at least one name or Social Security number submitted in 2018 does not match records.
Officially known as Employer Correction Requests, the letters issued this spring are
E. & J. Gallo Winery announced April 3 that it has entered into an agreement with Constellation Brands Inc. to purchase more than 30 wine and spirits brands, along with six winemaking facilities located in California, Washington and New York.
According to a news release, among the brands joining the
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched of two new features on farmers.gov to provide assistance with the H-2A application process and managing farm loans.
“These new features will help our customers as they manage their farm loans and navigate the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said
Sara Spayd, professor emerita of North Carolina State University, Raleigh, has been selected to receive the American Society for Enology and Viticulture’s Merit Award for 2019. The award is ASEV’s highest honor and acknowledges excellence in the fields of education, technology, management, public relations or any discipline related to enology
The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council announced in a news release three new board members: Erica Shiles, Bonnie Lundblad and Matt Duffield.
Shiles is a fourth-generation family farmer on F & R Grasso, in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The farm was purchased in 1953 and harvests several peach varieties throughout the
The Auction of Washington Wines has named industry veteran Jamie Peha its interim executive director, effective immediately.
According to a news release, Peha has already played a key role as part of the AWW team. As director of the event’s Private Barrel Auction, she grew the program from eight wine lots
On March 27, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) issued a statement praising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s issuance of a final guidance stating the agency’s intent to exercise enforcement discretion for the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, as they apply to entities
A Blue Bird Inc. cold storage building in Peshastin, Washington, was destroyed in a fire that started Sunday night.
“The building is going to be a total loss,” Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plumb told the Wenatchee World. “The adjacent buildings were not involved at all and they should be fine.”
The Washington Winegrowers Association elected board members and officers at their annual meeting held in February in Kennewick, Washington.
Steele Brown of Golden West Vineyards was newly elected to the board of directors.
Patrick Rawn of Two Mountain Winery was re-elected as chair of the board and Shane Collins of Rocky Pond
New owner plans to continue many employee-support programs created by Broetje.
The U.S. Apple Association announced its class of 2019 Young Apple Leaders, a group of young women and men selected by the organization to join with and learn from USApple leaders as they advocate on issues impacting growers and the apple industry.
“The 2019 Young Apple Leaders’ class is the largest
BC Tree Fruits, which packs the bulk of British Columbia’s apples, has laid off a few familiar faces as part of the cooperative’s restructuring.
In January, the Kelowna-based company cut seven positions over various departments and supervisory levels as part of its changes to seek competitive edges in a rapidly changing
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Foundation is offering a new business competition for women making food and beverage products in Oregon and Washington.
In partnership with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture, the NASDA Foundation is hosting the first Women’s Farm
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last week with bipartisan support.
The five-year Farm Bill ensures several items of funding that affect the tree fruit industry. Among them are continued support of work to fight pests and diseases, enhancement of the National Clean
India has once again postponed implementing a retaliatory tariff on imported U.S. apples, this time until Jan. 31.
Earlier in 2018, India, one of the largest export markets for U.S. apples, imposed an additional tariff on the fruit in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, but
The Chelan Fruit Cooperative board of directors announced CEO Reggie Collins will transition from his current position to an advisory position, effective Jan. 1. Mark Stennes, currently the company’s assistant general manager, has been selected to replace Collins as interim CEO.
Collins joined the cooperative in 2000, starting as the
Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927. The committee is responsible for the collection of assessments for research and the promotion and advertising of all pears marketed in the domestic and export markets.
There is one grower position for the Mid-Columbia
Northwest Cherry Growers releases year-end report on second-largest crop ever.
Three organizations are teaming up to offer training on what to do when hit by a recall situation.
The event web page.
Here’s the announcement:
The United Fresh Recall Ready Workshop is an exclusive education and training service that leverages the expertise of the food industry’s leading professionals, in partnership between United Fresh
Oregon State University researcher David Gibeaut has posted online the results of his differential thermal analysis that measures the fatal temperatures of sweet cherry floral buds in the Pacific Northwest.
Gibeaut conducted the research on Bing, Chelan, Sweetheart and Regina varieties in The Dalles, Oregon, said Lynn Long, OSU extension horticulture
Munch Madness has begun.
The third annual promotion of the U.S. Apple Association pits apple varieties against each other in popular votes tournament-style.
Organizers ask apple eaters to visit applevsapple.com to vote for their favorite varieties through the different stages of the tournament. The contest includes the top 16 selling varieties.
Ashley Thompson will be officially starting as Oregon State University Mid-Columbia Horticultural Extension Faculty on April 27, the university announced.
This new position will be responsible for tree fruit production, so will include both pears and cherries in Hood River and Wasco Counties, with Thompson’s main office in The Dalles.
The Washington State Wine Commission will hold its annual Research Review on January 18 and 19 at the Clore Center in Prosser. The commission encourages growers and wine makers to attend and provide feedback on research proposals.
Research topics include pest management, irrigation, soil quality, mechanization, wine spoilage, and tannin management.
For the fifth year, Stemilt has donated holiday gifts to foster children in central Washington state.
Stemilt is based in Wenatchee, Washington. Here’s the details from Stemilt’s news release:
WENATCHEE, Wash. – For the fifth consecutive year, Stemilt employees have joined together to play the role of Old Saint Nick and for
The New York Times paid a visit to a New York apple farm and described “unending layering” of new rules and regulations that fall on an orchardist.
With thick rule books laying out food safety procedures, compliance costs in the tens of thousands of dollars and ever-changing standards from the government
Oregon State University has named Mateus Pasa, Ph.D., as assistant professor and leader of its horticulture research program at the Mid Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
He will be in charge of its research program on sweet cherry and pear production systems.
Here is the announcement by Steve Castagnoli, director of
At the 17th annual Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo Banquet on Wednesday night, the Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council presented industry awards and scholarships.
Horticultural Society outgoing president Mario Miezio presented Distinguished Service Awards to Allyn Anthony, a retired grower and longtime advocate for
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.
194.4 million bushels of apples were reported in storage as of Nov. 1, an increase of 8 percent over last year and 15 percent above the five-year average, according to a report from the USApple Association released Thursday.
Pear handlers will elect nominees for a Yakima district grower position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.
The Washington Apple Commission overpaid a contractor in India more than $500,000, according to a state investigation first reported by The Wenatchee World newspaper.
Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee and Washington Apricot Marketing Committee will take place during industry meetings in January. The committees establish grade, size and pack regulations for fresh cherries and apricots from designated counties in Washington state.
For the second straight year, the pear industry has granted the Pear Retailer of the Year honor to a Phoenix-based natural foods store.
Wildfires that killed 40 people and burned thousands of homes and businesses in Northern California left wineries in the Napa Valley mostly unscathed, according to a survey by a nonprofit association.
Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced this year's recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds.
Neil Ferguson has joined Pear Bureau Northwest as a communications specialist.
Ferguson recently worked as a media content developer for Coroflot, a site that connects creative professionals with work opportunities. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor.
Kevin Moffitt, President and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest, added, “Neil’s versatile
Michigan State University Extension is looking for participants in its Fruit Team Impact Survey.
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, an agency whose work is invaluable to the tree fruit industry, is hiring a Special Projects Coordinator.
The coordinator will work on projects that are central to the organization’s mission.
The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with colleagues, board members, growers, faculty and staff of
Washington State Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Sept. 14 at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on the question of whether employers should be mandated to pay their piece-rate workers a separate hourly rate for work not directly connected to production, such as training or waiting for equipment.
Washington Winegrowers and the Washington Wine Institute will hold their Grape & Wine Issues Caucus on Nov. 14 in Yakima.
The Washington Apple Education Foundation will host its fifth adult English as a second language forum on Sept. 13 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. The forum is open to providers of adult ESL located in Central Washington.
by Linda Weiford, WSUNews
An alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears that was a favorite drink of Napoleon’s is gaining popularity in the United States, thanks to a wave of hard apple cider producers in the Pacific Northwest.
Washington and Oregon grow more pears than any other region in the nation. So
A land brokerage has announced a call for bids on a roughly 6,000 contiguous acre plot near Walla Walla, Washington.
The European Union is estimating a 9.343 million metric ton apple harvest for the 2017-18 growing season, down 21 percent from 2016, according to a press release from Interpoma. The total is equivalent to about 10.3 million U.S. tons, or 1.03 billion 20-pound boxes.
A free Intellectual Property Washington Summit for growers will be held Sept. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Yakima, Washington.
The event will feature presentations by Proprietary Variety Management, a patent attorney, a trademark attorney, an expert on product naming and brand development, and an expert on enforcement topics with
The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation will donate $1 million to the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology program.
The California Environmental Protection Agency has announced that two state agencies are pursuing actions that could lead to increased restrictions on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide.
The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of its “UC Produce Facts” app for Android devices.
The app, which joins an iOS version released in January, includes storage recommendations, maturity and quality indices, and physiological and physical disorder identification tools for 132 fruits, vegetables
The Michigan Apple Commission has named Shari Steinbach the official dietician of Michigan Apples.
Steinbach is president of Shari Steinbach & Associates and previously worked as a dietician for major retailers in the Midwest, including Meijer for 26 years. In those roles, she managed consumer health communication, health influencer partnerships, nutrition
After more than 40 years of trapping, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has discovered live female gypsy moths for the first time, according to a news release.
“This is an extraordinary find for our team,” said Jim Marra, WSDA Pest Program Manager. “While we have found evidence of reproducing gypsy
The World Apple and Pear Association is forecasting a 2017 European apple crop that will be 21 percent less than the previous year.
The association expects the crop at 9.34 million metric tons, or 489 million 42-pound cartons, according to a news release. Of the total crop, about 324 million cartons are
Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.
The Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission is considering a proposed administrative rule change to reduce the assessment rate on brine cherries.
Washington apple growers expect a large, but not record, fresh volume for the 2017 harvest, which has begun in some of the earliest locations.
The Washington State Wine Commission has approved a list of research priorities for the coming year.
Washington State University and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network will hold a pair of tours focusing on transitioning to organic farming.
The first tour will be from 3-5 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Brownfield Orchards in Chelan. Mike Brownfield has farmed organic apples, pears and cherries since 1990. Jeff Collins,
The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.
Bryant Christie Inc., a company that helps agricultural, food and beverage producers open and expand foreign markets, celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1.
The company was founded in 1992 as W.L. Bryant Co. by Bill Bryant, who was previously a vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima, Washington.
The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.
The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) seeks proposals from individuals or management companies to provide executive management and staffing functions effective no later than January 1, 2018.
This Request for Proposals has information on the scope of services requested as well as relevant deadlines and timelines.
Interested parties may submit questions
Five products were honored with Produce Innovation Awards at the United Fresh Produce Association’s event in June.
Oregon State University will hold two meetings this summer to discuss the filling of two vacant horticultural positions in the extension program.
The Hood River County spot was previously held by Steve Castagnoli, who is now the director of Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, also in Hood
America’s grocery stores are undergoing tremendous change.
Profits face downward pressure. Consumers are buying more from outside of traditional supermarkets. Online purveyors such as Blue Apron are on the rise. Two big German chains are expanding their presence in the U.S.
Then there’s Amazon, the online juggernaut that has turned its gaze to food
Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.
Six weeks after announcing a merger with another fruit company, Chelan Fresh has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Columbia Valley Fruit of Union Gap, Washington.
Under the agreement, Chelan fresh will be the exclusive marketer of Columbia Valley Fruit’s organic and conventional apples. The fruit will be marketed under
The processing side of Oregon Cherry Growers, a grower cooperative, has been purchased by Pacific Coast Producers, a California co-op that processes and packages produce for retail and food service.
L.A. Times: Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting
From the Los Angeles Times:
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47-billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data.
If this year’s hiring pace
Here is an ongoing roundup of responses to President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposal, which was released Tuesday, May 23.
Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance:
“We are very disappointed to see the President’s budget, released yesterday, call for draconian cuts, or even total elimination of programs that are important to the specialty
A survey of cherry viruses in Oregon has turned up none that are new to the Pacific Northwest, which is a good thing. However, at least two new viruses, and possibly a third, have been detected in Oregon for the first time — and two of the three could have a significant impact on cherry production if not controlled.
In Washington, we just came through the rainiest March on record, and the view from the window tells me the season has yet to give way to what most of us would call “springtime conditions.”
From The Seattle Times:
There’s the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Tree Top, the food processing co-op based in Selah, Yakima County, has its own version: When life gives you peaches, make peach-flavored squeeze tubes that help feed the poor.
Tree Top, the nearly 60-year-old growers’ co-op, had a
IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.
Two longtime Washington state fruit companies will join forces when Chelan Fresh merges with Borton Fruit this summer.
Registration for the Washington State FSMA Water Quality Testing Workshops is now open. The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will host two workshops in collaboration with the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) from UC Davis, the Northwest Horticultural Council and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, on May 9 in Yakima and May 11 in Wenatchee.
A University of Minnesota researcher has found new answers to the origin of Honeycrisp and if apples had blood, this blood would be blue.
Released in 1991, Honeycrisp was thought to be the child of Macoun and Honeygold, but researchers in 2004 discovered that the original parentage information was wrong. Determining
State agriculture department releases final estimate
Overwhelming majorities in favor of order
Members of the Washington Apple Commission and Columbia Fruit Packers were among a group of apple industry leaders from across the country who met with members of Congress on March 23 in Washington, D.C.
The meetings were part of the U.S. Apple Association’s annual fly-in.
Todd Fryhover and Lindsey Huber of the
Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Yakima, Washington, handler position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.
The position will be filled at the Fresh Pear Election Meeting at 2 p.m. on April 27 at the Washington State Fruit Commission (105 S. 18th Street, Yakima, WA 98901).
WSU researchers hope to breed better bees
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced eligibility for disaster loans related to a frost and freeze in Pennsylvania in April 2016.
Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Pennsylvania. The declaration includes
At a soil health workshop organized by Oregon State University in the Dalles, Oregon, several speakers sang the praises of mulch.
Mulch works to damp down weeds, protect soil moisture, and keep the soil surface cool, but it also provides a long-lasting carbon source that stimulates many key soil organisms, said
A donated piece of equipment will help Michigan State University fruit research stations plant more trees faster.
Gillison’s Variety Fabrication donated the mechanical planter to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission, which in turn gave it to MSU.
The planter was designed to plant 300 to 500 trees per hour, which reduces labor
Donnell Brown has been named president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative, succeeding Camron King.
Brown will begin her duties on April 3.
Brown has worked in the wine industry since 2009. She has operated a private consulting firm, Between the Vines LLC; served as senior marketing director for Wolffer Estate
The theme of this year’s Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is “Get Out of My Space!” The week runs from March 5-11.
The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers, along with the American Farm Bureau Federation, is urging respect for the safety spaces around hazardous farm equipment and tasks.
Grain bins, wagons,
An election for the Fresh Pear Committee handler position for Medford, Oregon, will be held March 28 in Medford, Oregon.
The election for the two-year term will be at 2 p.m. at Naumes, Inc. (2 W. Barnett Street) in Medford.
The position is held by Laura Naumes, with Mike Naumes and Gerald May as first and second alternates, respectively.
Registration is open for Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology, a research-focused seminar designed for grape growers and winemakers.
The research day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Clore Center in Prosser, Washington. The seminar will be sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission and Washington
In the Pacific Northwest, the warm spring and summer of 2016 led to the earliest and largest harvest on record, followed be one of the toughest winters in recent years. Washington State University researchers are finding that the lengthy cold-snap has caused more bud damage than expected.
What can we expect for the 2017 harvest,
An irrigation management workshop in Spanish is scheduled for March 29 in Hood River, Oregon.
The event has been organized to educate Spanish speaking agricultural workers on comprehensive irrigation water management for improved fruit production and responsible water use.
The workshop, which is free, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pear handlers will elect nominees for the Wenatchee, Washington, district position on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927.
The position will be filled at the Washington Pear Marketing Association meeting at noon on March 28 at the Washington Apple Commission conference room.
The Apple Commission is located at 2900 Euclid Avenue
Washington state’s wine grape harvest set a record in 2016, according to the Washington State Wine Commission’s Annual Grape Production Report.
The report shows the 2016 harvest totaled 270,000 tons, an 18.9 percent increase over 2014, which was the previous high.
Red varieties accounted for 58 percent of the total harvest, with Cabernet Sauvignon
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation raised more than $145,000 at its Feb. 8 fundraiser event in Kennewick, Washington. The foundations supports the wine industry by advancing research, education, and leadership.
More than 300 people involved in the Washington wine industry attended the event, made possible by support from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Wine Press
The second day of tours for the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington took its theme – “From Bud to Bin” – a step further to look at the industry’s life cycle from nursery to packing house.
At Willow Drive Nursery in Ephrata, co-owner Jim Adams explained how mechanization
The first day of orchard tours at the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference in Washington featured a central theme: the future.
Washington is the top producer of apples in the United States, with a diversified mix of more than 30 commercial varieties grown today, on more than 20 apple
Thirteen board members and three officers were elected at the National Grape & Wine Initiative annual meeting last week in Sacramento, California.
The group is made up of grape growers, academic institutions and government agencies to help focus on grape research.
The board members elected to three-year terms are:
Commodity Sector Representative-Wine: Jerry
Jim Moore, a longtime fruit breeder, who was influential in the tree fruit industry died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at age 85, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas.
Moore, who held a doctorate from Rutgers University, established the fruit breeding program at the University of Arkansas in
For the first year ever, Bing was not king.
In 2016, Northwest cherry growers shipped more Sweetheart cherries than any other variety, including the historically dominant Bing, according to a board of directors update from the Washington State Fruit Commission.
The Northwest cherry industry shipped 3.49 million 20-pound box equivalents of Sweethearts,
The Plant Management Network has released a new web presentation called “Fire Blight and Streptomycin Resistance.”
The webcast covers the biological mechanisms of fire blight and its history of growing resistance to streptomycin antibiotics.
The presentation also discusses management techniques such as: overwinter pruning, copper spraying and canker treatments; in-season antibiotic applications,
Bob Bailey of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles, Oregon, was named the 2017 Cherry King at the Cherry Institute in Yakima, Washington in January.
Bailey is the 73rd Cherry King, an honor created to recognize growers and industry leaders for their dedication to the cherry industry.
A 1963 graduate of Oregon
The Washington State Grape and Wine Research Program’s research review has been rescheduled for January 30 and 31 at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington.
The research review features 28 presentations by viticulture and enology researchers. They will share findings and pitch new research proposals to the
A sparsely attended but lively discussion about H-2A guest workers highlighted Wednesday’s proceedings at the Empire State Producers Expo in Syracuse, New York.
One New York apple grower complained during the question and answer portion of a labor session that New York State labor officials force them to hire bad workers
No more theory. No more hypothetical examples.
Four apple growers, as well as a few vegetable farmers, drafted their real-life food safety plans Tuesday with the guidance of industry experts during one of the workshops at the Empire State Producers conference in Syracuse, New York.
The day-long workshop, sponsored by the Produce
About 50 farmers, many of them apple growers, took one of their first official first steps toward complying with the intricate U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act regulation called the Produce Safety Rule at a workshop Monday in Syracuse, New York.
“You have successfully completed 112.22(c),” said Elizabeth Bihn, director of the
After finding apple maggot in the southeastern corner of Lincoln County, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has expanded its quarantine area to include the area.
The quarantine prohibits the movement of homegrown or foraged fruit from the quarantined area into a pest-free area.
WSDA held public meetings as part of the
The Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a draft framework for responsible labor practices in the fresh produce and floral supply chains.
The boards of the two groups established a joint committee last year to look into the issue amid growing interest in transparency
Okanagan Speciality Fruits continues to raise the profile of its genetically modified Arctic Apples with a new marketing logo and test marketing of its packaging at select stores.
As a genetically modified organism, Arctic Apples are controversial within the fruit industry and more broadly with certain environmental groups. However, Okanagan Speciality Fruits believes
Rob Mercer, owner of Mercer Estates Winery, will be honored with the Rising Star Award from the Pasco, Washington, Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Mercer is a graduate of Washington State University and served in the U.S. Marines before returning to work on the family’s farm in the Horse
Orchards and packing houses aren’t the only places in the fruit industry with a labor shortage. Universities also are struggling to hire researchers and educators needed to keep the industry ahead of pest pressures, prepared for food safety requirements, growing new varieties and in tune with emerging technology.
A World Trade Organization settlement panel on Dec. 22 ruled that Indonesia’s restrictions on horticultural products, animals and animal products are inconsistent with WTO rules.
The dispute, which was filed by the United States and New Zealand, sought to address trade barriers that restrict the importation of fruits and vegetables; such
Pazazz, a new apple variety from Honeybear Brands, was expected to hit stores early.
The apple was expected in grocery stores in the second week of December, with availability through February, according to a news release.
The variety is in its third year of commercial production.
“(It’s) already showing incredible potential for our retail
Dave Trinka and twin brothers Gene and Dean Veliquette, were honored by the Michigan State Horticultural Society with its Distinguished Service Award during the Great Lakes Expo Dec. 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Trinka is the vice president of agri-research and horticultural services for MBG Marketing. He oversees all horticulture and
Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order No. 927.
The committee is responsible for the collection of assessments for research and the promotion and advertising of all pears marketed in the domestic and export markets.
The FPC grower position for the Wenatchee, Washington, district
Fred Valentine, a longtime field horticulturist and former president of the Washington State Horticultural Association, died December 4. He was 81.
Valentine was born in Tennessee, and his family moved to Peshastin, Washington, when he was a child.
He worked as a field horticulturist for Blue Star Growers for more than 30
Farm transfer planning and lending were the topics in one Wednesday morning session about “Future Farmers” at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting in Wenatchee, Washington.
Farming families must view transition planning as a process, not an event, said several speakers. Start talking to attorneys, accountants and consultants several
Bill Evans, co-founder and president of Evans Fruit Co., died early Tuesday morning. He was 87. His death was confirmed to the Yakima Herald-Republic by his daughter, Vicki Loges.
Founded in 1949, Evans Fruit started with a 10-acre apple orchard on Naches Heights, near Yakima, Washington.
In 1959, the company built its first
I’m pleased to announce that Good Fruit Grower has launched a Spanish language website, www.goodfruit.com/es. There you’ll find translations of articles from past issues, new essays by researchers and others and videos of horticulture experts. All in Spanish.
The Spanish site follows months of discussion and collaboration with growers, researchers and
Good Fruit Grower, the Yakima, Washington-based magazine serving tree fruit and wine grape growers, has launched a Spanish-language website of articles, essays by researchers and videos of best horticulture practices.
“Our new site is one more way we serve the grower community, and Spanish speakers are a vital part of that
The Washington Apple Commission is accepting nominations to replace Barbara Walkenhauer on the board of directors.
Walkenhauer, the current chairwoman, has served nine years on the board and will not seek re-election when her term expires in March 2017, the Apple Commission said in a news release.
Nominations for her Grower Position
Washington Concord juice grape growers expect to harvest about 194,000 tons of fruit in 2016, up from last year’s drought-stunted crop but just below the 10-year average.
That’s according to Trent Ball at his “State of the Grapes” presentation today (Nov. 11) at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting in
The Orchard Bee Association is meeting Dec. 9 in Hood River, Oregon.
Here’s their announcement:
People who are interested in bees, particularly blue orchard bees, and the challenges they face can learn more at the 2016 International Orchard Bee Association Meeting on December 9, 2016, including the Pollinator Symposium and Expo, held
While a lot of growers have their focus on the various regional horticulture expos and trade shows starting in December, there are quite a few interesting gatherings on the schedule in November.
Here are some highlights in chronological order:
• Agronomics: Vision for the Future runs from Nov. 7-11 in Indian Wells,
Northwest Farm Credit Services, the lending cooperative, reports a positive outlook for tree fruit and wine grape growers in its latest Market Snapshot.
Here’s the report for tree fruit:
Apples – Most apple producers are optimistic for new-crop quality and pricing. After last year’s 114.6 million box crop, the new apple crop
Two prominent Washington State winemakers have died in recent days. The Yakima Herald reports that Mike Wallace owner of Hinzerling Winery and one of Prosser’s original winemakers, died over the weekend after complications from pneumonia. And Scott Pontin, 53, died Monday, reportedly from a heart attack. He was the owner and winemaker
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture received a $6.3 million grant from the Food & Drug Administration to share the administration and enforcement costs for the Food Safety and Modernization Act produce safety rule.
The money will allow the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to triple
Washington state regulators have finalized special permit requirements for composters seeking to transport feed stocks outside the apple maggot quarantine area.
The state Department of Agriculture today (July 8) released its “Guidance for Requesting a Special Permit.”
The state requires the special permit to prevent the apple maggot from hitching a ride
WSU is inviting growers and others to participate in the selection of its Food Safety Specialist.
Here is the announcement:
During the week of June 20th, the School of Food Science is conducting on-site interviews to fill the WSU Food Safety Specialist position with Extension and Research components (formerly
held by Dr. Karen
Growers who might be interested in building a cidery or a packing facility or a processor or a grower-owned co-operative looking to expand or build operations to produce value-added products should look into USDA’s Value-Added Producer Grants.
USDA allotted $44 million this year to kick-start efforts to generate new agricultural products,
The Mexican government has terminated an antidumping case filed by growers in the border state of Chihuahua and will not impose antidumping duties on U.S. apples.
The decision reverses a provisional ruling in January under which all but three U.S. exporters would have had to pay duties ranging from 2.44 percent
For the fifth year straight, the assessment charged to growers for the federal marketing order for processed pears will remain at $7 per ton.
The Processed Pear Committee board of directors unanimously agreed to the assessment rate Wednesday at the annual board meeting in Portland, Oregon.
The group also kept its current
Cherry growers throughout the Northwest expect to harvest 207,460 metric tons, or 20.7 million 20-pound equivalent boxes, in 2016, according to the industry’s first estimate of the year.
If the figure holds, the volume would represent a 7 percent increase over the 2015 crop of 19.3 million boxes, according to an
The California Specialty Crops Council will hold its 2016 MRL Harmonization Workshop June 1-2 in San Francisco.
The interactive seminar based on maximum residue levels (MRLs) will address critically important issues for stakeholders with interests in exporting agricultural products. Registrants, growers, packers, shippers, PCAs, regulators, trade experts, and other stakeholders in
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has schedule two events for growers to dispose of unwanted pesticides.
Here’s the announcement:
Currently, the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program has scheduled two unusable/unwanted pesticide collection events this spring. These events are located near Yakima on Tuesday, May 17 and near Pasco on Thursday, May 19.
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is offering over $30,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology or related disciplines. All applications are due March 15 with awards for the 2016-2017 school year awarded by May 15.
New This Year: The Bill Powers Travel Sabbatical
Thanks to the family and associates of
Seneca Foods Corporation said today that it has purchased Diana Fruit Co. Seneca said the purchases represented “a significant commitment to the cherry industry.”
Seneca is a public company based in Marion, New York. Diana Fruit, one of the leading providers of maraschino cherries and fruit cocktail cherries, is based in
Fruit growers need look no further than the beverage aisle at their local convenience store for inspiration.
That’s according to Jeff Cleveringa, one of the speakers today (Wednesday) at the International Fruit Tree Association conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Consumers will not tire of new fruit varieties anytime soon, said Cleveringa of
The word of the day Tuesday, Day 4 of the IFTA conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was brrr.
With temperatures in the mid-20s and sideways snow flurries, about 385 attendees loaded onto seven busses for eight stops at orchards and facilities around the Grand Rapids area.
Orchard managers, owners and researchers showed
Washington State University’s WA 2 apple will be marketed as Sunrise Magic, the university announced today.
This a re-launch of the apple, this time in partnership with Proprietary Variety Management. The goal is to give
a more effective push to the variety, using consumer research and other techniques. The variety is a cross
A Michigan State University researcher gave a bleak view of fire blight as one of the highlights today (Monday), Day 3 at the International Fruit Tree Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. George Sundin, minced few words about the threat of fire blight, a quick-spreading bacterial infection that attacks apple and
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tours, wine tasting and receptions all were on tap today (Sunday) on Day 2 of the International Fruit Tree Association conference here.
Two tour buses full of growers, researchers and consultants visited research plots of cherries and apples at Michigan State University’s Clarksville research station.
Schlopping through a little
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Tree fruit growers from all over the world have converged on Grand here for the International Fruit Tree Conference.
A total of 291 people attended the first activity Saturday, a day-long pre-conference intensive workshop called “Growing the Moneymakers: Fuji, Gala and Honeycrisp.”
Growers, nursery managers and marketers stressed
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is hosting a series of educational training workshops in collaboration with its industry partners, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L & I), Washington State University Extension and sponsors.
The sessions are intended for Spanish speakers, but
Naches, Washington-based Allan Brothers Incorporated announced the purchase of Gamache Vineyard near Basin City, Washington, today.
The purchase of the White Bluffs area vineyard will be the second major wine grape investment by Allan Brothers in the past two years.
In a release from Allan Brothers, the prominent tree-fruit grower and packer
The Mexican government is imposing provisional duties on most U.S. apple exports, beginning Jan. 7, as its investigation continues into an antidumping complaint brought by growers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.
Mexico is the leading export market for U.S. apples, and roughly 85 percent of those exports come from
Scott Jacky, manager of orchard operations for Valley Fruit in Wapato, Washington, won the Great Gator Give-A-Way contest co-sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis and Good Fruit Grower.
Scott received his 2015 John Deere Gator TX 4X2 from Kyle Dillon, right, field technician with Wilbur-Ellis and from Casey Corr, managing editor of Good Fruit Grower.
In another contest sponsored
The state of Washington today awarded the Washington Growers League $3 million to build a seasonal farmworker housing complex in Mattawa, Wash., while another Washington labor organization is making plans for its own farmworker housing facility.
The funding for the Growers League’s 120-bed facility is part of $50.1 million worth of
Representatives from Oregon’s wine grape industry are collaborating to create a Pest Management Strategic Plan to document current pest management challenges and needs within the industry and to create a cohesive plan for focusing the industry’s time, money and energy in the future.
The group is gathering regional input and feedback
Good Fruit Grower is gaining a new associate editor. Ross Courtney, an award-winning writer with the Yakima Herald Republic, joins Good Fruit Grower as associate editor December 1.
“Ross is a very talented writer who already has earned a great reputation covering the tree fruit industry. He’s committed to our mission of providing
Washington State University has announced the discovery in Washington State of a wasp from Asia that eats the eggs of the brown marmorated stinkbug.
The discovery raises the prospect of an effective response to the bug that threatens tree fruit.
Here’s the press release:
PULLMAN, Wash. – The discovery in Washington state of a
The Washington State Department of Agriculture says that it will award approximately $4.1 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The 2015 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will fund 24 projects managed by WSDA in partnership with other organizations. Washington ranks second in
Organic apples grown and packed in Washington state in the 2013-14 season had a total f.o.b. value of more than $295 million, according to the report “Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree fruit” just released by Elizabeth Kirby and David Granatstein at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and
Mallory Shindler is a volunteer of the year
The Washington Apple Education Foundation has named Mallory Shindler its volunteer of the year in recognition of the many ways she supports the foundation.
Shindler, who is relationship support manager with Rabo AgriFinance in Richland, Washington, said she also encourages colleagues, friends, and family
Dr. Desmond Layne, hired by Washington State University three years ago as its tree fruit extension leader, has moved from Wenatchee to the Pullman campus to take a new administrative position affective September 1.
Layne has been named director of the Agricultural and Food Systems and Integrated Plant Sciences programs, a
Dr. Jim McFerson assumed the new role of director of Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in August, while still working as manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission—a move that both organizations see as positive.
McFerson signed a contract with WSU that will allow him to
The board of C&O Nursery in Wenatchee, Washington, has restructured management of the company.
Todd Snyder, formerly company secretary, succeeded Jack Snyder as president and chief executive officer. Jack remains chair of the board. Shad Snyder was named vice president, and Gary Snyder took Todd’s place as secretary. Ty Snyder is
The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for rest breaks.
The Yakima Herald Reports:
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Piece-rate farm workers must be paid separately for rest breaks, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued this morning that is expected to drastically change the way
Good Fruit Grower has a team covering the International Fruit Tree Association’s 2015 Regional Summer Tour in Washington State.
We’ll have forthcoming reports on our web site and in our print magazine. You can catch live tweets from the tour this week on our Twitter account at https://twitter.com/goodfruitgrower
The tour ends Friday.
Through July 6th, Northwest cherry growers have shipped 15.2 million 20-lb. boxes of fruit. That’s 21 percent more than the previous record and 124 percent more than the 15-year industry average.
Here’s the report issued yesterday by B.J. Thurlby, president of Northwest Cherry Growers:
Through yesterday, July 6th, the Northwest cherry industry
Broetje Orchards of Washington State, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The fine is one of the largest ever levied against an agricultural concern, according to report today by the Wall Street Journal.
A spokesman for Immigration and
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that China’s agriculture regulatory agency has allowed access for all U.S. apple varieties, according to a news release today from Northwest Fruit Exporters.
Phytosanitary certificates for export will be available after USDA has updated their phytosanitary export database (PExD). This is expected to occur within the
U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse took the opportunity to visit the new Brender Creek seasonal farmworker housing complex in Cashmere while in Washington State this week.
The Washington Growers League, a non-profit organization based in Yakima, held the official opening of its $6 million housing facility on May 6.
“It’s a welcome addition,”
US Apple Association today issued the following news release:
Vienna, Va. – April 29, 2015 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will officially announce today that the US Apple Association’s (USApple) request for a bonus buy of fresh apples and processed products has been approved.
Washington State’s 2014 wine grape harvest was the largest on record and posted the third consecutive year of growth, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Washington grape growers produced 227,000 tons last year, up 8 percent from the previous year.
“We’re in a period of strong growth,” said Steve Warner, president
Mike Wade of Wenatchee has been reappointed as a representative of the Washington State Fruit Commission on the board of the Northwest Horticultural Council for a one-year period beginning July 1.
The Fruit Commission also reappointed Rob Lynch of Yakima to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for a three-year term
Leslie Huffman, apple specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, retired March 1.
She joined OMAFRA in 1981 and worked in fruit and vegetable extension and as the weed management specialist for horticultural crops. Since 2008 she has been the province’s apple specialist. She was a frequent
A federal judge has issued a blistering critique of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency had brought a lawsuit against growers that was “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous.”
The decision on March 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea ordered the EEOC to pay attorneys’ fees, expenses and costs
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought emergency for three areas of the state, setting in motion money, temporary permitting and other relief for those affected by water conditions.
According to the Associated Press, the March 13 declaration was prompted by near record-low mountain snowpack, which supplies much of the
Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The award was presented March 10, during a luncheon at MSU.
Lehnert was cited for his nearly 52
Richard Lehnert, who writes about tree fruit production as associate editor of Good Fruit Grower magazine, was selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The award was presented March 10, during a luncheon at MSU.
Lehnert was cited for his nearly 52
Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.
The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012 and 2014 due to fruit infection caused by two postharvest rots, recently reopened. The two
e University plans to hire several new faculty over the next couple of years to work specifically on issues important to the tree fruit industry.
The university is interviewing three candidates to fill the position of Extension Specialist Tim Smith, who officially retired last August but continues to work part-time
Several long-time industry members were honored for their decades of growing, industry involvement, and advancement of Washington State’s wine grape industry during the annual meeting of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Kevin Corliss, who’s spent his career working to improve, expand, and enhance the Washington wine grape industry, received
To hear some critics tell it, the government’s decision Friday the 13th to deregulate a GMO apple was bad luck for growers and consumers. You could almost see the black cat crossing America’s orchards.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would deregulate two apple varieties genetically engineered to resist browning.
Washington State University extension specialist Tim Smith has received the inaugural Washington Tree Fruit Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the industry during his 40 years with Extension.
Three former WSU extension agents who worked alongside Smith—Dr. Mike Willett, Paul Tvergyak, and Brooke Peterson—presented the award during the last
Harold Thome is old enough to remember his dad packing apples into barrels for shipment to Chicago 200 miles away.
But remembering doesn’t make him nostalgic for the old days.
Thome, 82, has a thoroughly modern apple growing operation located on Fruit Ridge near Conklin seven miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.