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  • Produce safety program on-farm readiness review

State agencies offer readiness reviews for FSMA inspections

July 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Readiness review offers growers an educational opportunity to make sure they feel prepared for FSMA inspections.

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FSMA inspections begin

July 12th, 2019|0 Comments

FSMA inspectors are starting visits to farms, packers.

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Giving tradition a nudge in the vineyard

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

New generation of disease-resistant grapes are showing signs of increased acceptance in Europe.

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Good to Know: Another big year for grape and wine research

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Research aims to improve wine quality by addressing vineyard and winery challenges.

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Wine grapes show a spectrum of stress

June 18th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher paints nuanced picture of how wine grape varieties respond to water deficits.

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Try renewal pruning to delay replanting grapevines

June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers determine ways to extend the life of declining Merlot vines.

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The land grant mission

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

As funding for higher education increasingly dries up, universities seek new ways to keep permanent crops growing and thriving.

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Dininny: A new view

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

With a change in leadership at Good Fruit Grower, our commitment to all of you remains steadfast.

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Sugar stall caused by grapevine red blotch virus

May 27th, 2019|1 Comment

Researchers discover that grapevine red blotch virus reduces fruit quality by interrupting how the fruit accumulate sugar and make anthocyanins.

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The margins of mechanization

May 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Oregon State University economist assesses the costs and benefits of mechanizing vineyard tasks.

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Healthy strategies for smokey skies

May 14th, 2019|1 Comment

Keep your workers safe when pollution threatens.

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Small growers find a new way to H-2A

May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Joint contracts help some wine grape growers share the cost and the crew.

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Communication key to managing workplace complaints

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

How grievance policies make for better workers and businesses.

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Easing restrictions for farmworker housing

May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Federal ag housing loans now open to H-2A employers.

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Northwest farms sought for heat awareness project

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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University of Washington and Washington State University researchers are looking for Northwest farms to help

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On the road to tech

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Research commission says new technology roadmap will spur innovation and guide investment.

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Rogue economics in the vineyard: Video

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Is it a financially viable option to rogue infected vines?

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Crafting rosé with intention

April 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Pink wine creates new market, new approach to fruit quality.

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Merlot up again after the ‘Sideways Effect’

April 16th, 2019|2 Comments

Merlot back on the rise, 15 years after movie slam.

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Gallo acquires wine brands and production facilities in California, Washington and New York

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

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E. & J. Gallo Winery announced April 3 that it has entered into an agreement

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Irrigating grapes: water less, water early

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU viticulturist shares irrigation tips for juice and wine grapes.

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Johnson: The other side of the rainbow

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Good Fruit Grower's Jared Johnson explains how we handled this issue’s cover shot, which was just too big to fit.

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Water wins for Eastern Washington

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Congress approves Western water plans, boosts Bureau of Reclamation budget.

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Growers, researchers earn IFTA awards

April 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Annual awards from the International Fruit Tree Association recognize industry leaders.

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Industry veteran Jamie Peha appointed as executive director of Auction of Washington Wines

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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The Auction of Washington Wines has named industry veteran Jamie Peha its interim executive director,

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Using sensors to test vineyard stress

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Measuring vine stress with stem pressure tests is time-consuming, but a new approach using soil tension could provide wine grape growers a wealth of valuable data.

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Dustin Tobin, a young grower from Grandview, Washington

April 1st, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Dustin grew up working with his family at Dave Tobin Farms and studied viticulture

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FDA announces wine grapes among commodities to be exempt from Produce Safety Rule

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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On March 27, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) issued a statement praising the U.S. Food and

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Washington Winegrowers bestows annual awards

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington wine industry leaders honored.

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Lessons in supply and demand for wine grape growers

March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Wine broker describes transition period from shortage to excess.

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Headwinds approaching Washington wine industry

March 27th, 2019|1 Comment

Analysts concur: Wine grape growers will need to be innovative in today’s rapidly evolving market.

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Management of grapevine trunk diseases varies by region

March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

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Wood rot pathogens pose a serious threat to vineyards worldwide, but grapevine trunk diseases are

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WSU wine research seminar on April 17 to focus on smoke exposure

March 20th, 2019|0 Comments

The impact of smoke taint from wildfires is the focus of the Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVEx) research seminar on April 17 in Richland, Washington.

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Washington wine growers harvest second largest crop on record in 2018

March 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Washington wine grape growers harvested 261,000 tons in 2018, the second largest crop in history,

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USDA announces funds to fight spotted lanternfly

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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The fight against spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania got a $6.5 million boost this week with

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Spotted lanternfly a new grape threat

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Swarms of feeding spotted lanternfly can kill a vineyard. Will the Pennsylvania quarantine be able to keep them from spreading?

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Washington Winegrowers elect board members

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington Winegrowers Association elected board members and officers at their annual meeting held in

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Unravelling the mysteries of the grapevine leaffolder

March 1st, 2019|0 Comments

New wine grape pest in one Washington region turns out to be cousin of common California leaffolder.

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IFTA Heuser lecturer: Start with the problem

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Agriculture’s ability to collect data is greater than its ability to model and interpret data,

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Cornell receives $68.9 million for new grape research lab

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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The federal Grape Genetic Research Unit at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has received

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IFTA bestows awards

February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

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Paul Wafler of Wafler Farms was named the Outstanding Grower for 2019 by the International

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Spanish-language FSMA training in Eastern WA March 5 and 6

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Spanish-language Produce Safety Alliance grower training

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Spray researchers aim to catch their drift: Video

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

New drift assessment survey underway to improve models that predict pesticide drift risk and potentially preclude unnecessarily restrictive labels.

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Steering the research on spray drift

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

UW researcher takes the wheel for drift data collection.

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Winegrowers awards

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington Winegrowers presented their annual industry awards on Feb. 14 in Kennewick, Washington.

Rick Hamman,

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Digging into soil bacteria and chlorosis

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher searches for ways to use the connection between soil microbiology and Concord vine health.

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A galling problem for grape growers

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Crown gall survey uncovers clean plant confusion, shortages in Washington vineyards.

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Winegrowers Day 2

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments

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Labor remains the biggest cost for wine grape growers in Washington, and for many, it

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Winegrowers kicks off

February 12th, 2019|0 Comments

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The future for the Washington wine industry remains bright, but some headwinds are coming in

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Grafter provides cutting edge in the vineyard

February 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Field grafting grows in popularity among Washington wine grape growers, though the caution to test for viruses remains.