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Retail sales of sliced apples continue to soar
A partnership with Disney resulted in 18 percent of Crunch Pak’s business being in Disney-labeled products. (Courtesy Crunch Pak.) At first glance, apples,
Consider the market: Good Point
For a new apple variety to succeed, the marketer must understand what drives consumer and retailer preferences.
Family business finds niche
The Tonnemakers say industry consolidation has left opportunities for small operators to sell directly to consumers.
Jim Koan wants organic practices to be based on science, not politics.
Jim Koan; A man of principle
Jim Koan, Michigan organic apple pioneer, is honored by the state’s Horticultural Society.
A common sense organic approach
Silver Apple Award winner Ray Fuller approaches organic production from a scientific point of view.
Crossing the border
Some B.C. apples moved south last fall, into Washington packing houses.
Washington wine grape outlook
Americans are drinking more wine
Juice grape trends for 2014
Cash prices are trending downward, production is trending upward.
Growers have less need for loans
Apple growers continue to upgrade orchards, and lenders stay willing to lend.
Apples and the futures market
If the futures market catches on, apple growers might get paid more for sort-outs.
Meet Chris Britton, USApple chair
Securing an adequate workforce is the organization’s number-one priority.
Gabe Dahle, Young Grower Jan. 1, 2014
Q: What attracted you to farming? I was raised on a farm. At first I didn’t want to come back, but I realized
Now on your phone: First Bite
Our new Web site has an expanding library of videos for growers.
Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors
Silver Pear Kent Christensen (left) receives the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear award from incoming president Steve Zediker. TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower