Featured stories about the outlook for 2022 and more in this issue.
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The promise of AI is becoming clearer
New investments support agricultural scientists taking a closer look at what artificial intelligence can offer.
An Eastern club apple with a twist
Partnership expands club apple for the Eastern U.S. to the West.
New York apples expanding sales
SnapDragon, RubyFrost marketing spreads beyond New York.
Online sales hold an opportunity inside
California gift basket company pivots to Amazon cherry sales.
Learning to lead
New training program aims to fill gaps in resources available for farm supervisors.
High demand and low supply drive nearly $100 price jump.
Workers navigate overtime
As growers look to reduce overtime costs under new rules, farmworkers say they are losing income and looking for side jobs.
Keeping farming alive in a hot real estate market
In Northwest Michigan, land conservancy efforts work to protect agricultural land use.
Apple exports face another ‘tough year’
Lingering trade conflict, port problems, variety shifts slow international shipments.
Eleanor (Ellie) Rice, a young grower from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Ellie is an eighth-generation grower who graduated from Juniata College with a major in community conflict and change, and she now manages her family company’s human resources department and H-2A program. She’s the daughter of Katherine and Mark Rice.
From facial to fungal recognition
AI-enabled cameras give a boost to breeding mildew-resistant grapes.
USApple announces new young leader program
The U.S. Apple Association has launched a new emerging leader program, called NextGen Apple Fellowship. The program will provide eight fellows, annually, with career development,
Pennsylvania hosting February IFTA conference
The International Fruit Tree Association will hold its 65th Annual Conference and Tours Feb. 12–15 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The theme of
Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund deadline Jan. 31
Tilth Alliance is now accepting applications from Washington farmers seeking financial assistance to support projects that will improve the economic viability, social impacts or environmental
2022 Accelerating a Generation Syngenta Scholarship open for applications
Students studying agriculture have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship and a donation to the charity of their choice through the 2022 Accelerating a
Washington Cherry Marketing Committee representatives to be selected Jan. 7
Nominations for grower and handler positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will take place during the annual Cherry Institute meeting Jan. 7, 2022. The
Blueberry industry votes to continue collective research and promotion program
U.S. producers and importers of blueberries overwhelmingly voted to continue a national collective research and promotion program, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news
Jennifer Witherbee to step down from Washington Apple Education Foundation
Jennifer Witherbee The Washington Apple Education Foundation announced in a news release its executive director, Jennifer Witherbee, will step down after 20 years of leading