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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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Duckwall Fruit celebrates 100 years

July 3rd, 2019|1 Comment

Hood River stalwart honors its history and looks to the future.

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Hot new varieties for hot climates

June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Pome fruit breeding partnership between Spain and New Zealand produces new cultivars that will help the industry adapt to climate change.

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Organic community honors David Granatstein

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Retired sustainable agriculture specialist recognized for 30-year career at WSU.

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Northwest fresh pear growers anticipate a solid crop

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest announced in a news release the first official fresh pear crop estimate

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Pear processor turns down pear price

June 11th, 2019|1 Comment

Break in Northwest canning pear tradition adds to industry uncertainty.

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Michigan Tree Fruit Commission renews MSU infrastructure funding

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Michigan tree fruit growers vote again to put their own money toward the infrastructure at Michigan State University’s research orchards.

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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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Seneca closing pear processing plant

June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Closure leaves Northwest with only two pear processing facilities.

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Good to Know: The disruption eruption

June 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission funding codling moth mating disruption for 30 years.

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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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Erika Espinoza, a young grower from Tieton, Washington

June 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

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family background / Erika grew up in Washington’s Yakima Valley and was trained in business

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More Northwest-grown Bartlett pears went to fresh market in 2018

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

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For the first time, more Northwest-grown Bartlett pears headed into the fresh market than the

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Washington’s drought worsens

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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A recent spell of rainy weather hasn’t helped much. Washington’s drought has officially gotten worse

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WSDA offering on-site airblast sprayer training through June

May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is currently enrolling employers from the tree fruit industry

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Canadian nursery launches tissue culture lab

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

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This week, Upper Canada Growers announced the opening of a new tissue culture laboratory in

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Robert Kershaw, 1938-2019

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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Good Fruit Grower received the following announcement, dated May 13, about the passing of Domex

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Mission ahead for Washington researchers

May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission celebrating 50 years driving industry innovation.

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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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Thurlby: Another season of hope is upon us

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Northwest Cherries President B.J. Thurlby looks ahead at another season of hope, with a solid plan in place.

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Reducing the risk of listeria: Video

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Food safety experts share strategies for monitoring and responding to ‘L. mono.’

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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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Seneca to close pear plant

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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Seneca Foods is getting out of the processed pear business and will shutter its Sunnyside,

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Washington State Fruit Commission board meeting May 15

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

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The Washington State Fruit Commission board of directors meeting is scheduled Wednesday, May 15, at

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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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DIY science in the orchard

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Extension educator shares tips for managing on-farm experiments.

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Willett: A long history of scraping by

April 30th, 2019|2 Comments

Fire blight and the dawn of the Cooperative Extension System.

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Calling out the codes in the trees

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Genetic research explores the underpinning of tree architecture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

  • Kevin Kenoyer, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington.

Kevin Kenoyer, a young grower from Cashmere, Washington

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/Kevin is a fourth-generation grower who grew up in the Wenatchee River Valley. He

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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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New technology explores pollination automation

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Israeli tech company working to develop automated pollination.

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Researcher spins off pollen suspension

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher licenses pollen suspension while continuing electrostatic research.

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Pollination calculation: Every bee counts

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Online tool helps growers assess how much pollination they get from wild bees.

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Hyperparasites: enemies of enemies of enemies

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Hyperparasitic behavior among the findings of OSU trechnites study.

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New pesticide application method a shot in the bark

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

MSU researcher compares trunk injection to spray application for pear psylla control.

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Fire destroys Blue Bird fruit warehouse

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

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A Blue Bird Inc. cold storage building in Peshastin, Washington, was destroyed in a fire

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A look at the ins and outs of netting

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU grad student studies the effect of orchard netting on bugs, both good and bad.

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Reflective mulch proves repellent

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher finds reflective mulch keeps pear psylla out in early season.

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USA Pears making first appearance at South by Southwest

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

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USA Pears will be part of the Wellness Expo at the 2019 South by Southwest

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Sterile codling moth factory ‘a funky business’

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

British Columbia moth factory cranks out sterile bugs by the millions.

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DuPont: Moving toward bio-based IPM in pears

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear psylla in 2016 to 2017 was “the worst in a decade,” Bob Gix, horticulturist

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Managing fire blight for the conventional grower

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

A collection of the most-repeated tips for fire blight management.

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Midwest faces strep-resistant fire blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

After a tough 2018, Michigan hopes to control fire blight this season.

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Stopping shoot blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Researchers investigate new ways to protect trees without sacrificing growth.

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Organic control options for fire blight

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

OSU researcher shares tips for organic growers battling fire blight.

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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