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Congress passes $867 billion Farm Bill

December 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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Today Congress passed an $867 billion Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The House of

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Tariff relief: USDA apple and pear purchases underway

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

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The federal government has made its first round of fresh apple purchases as part of

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Cosmic Crisp launch

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

$10.7 million marketing campaign aims to put WA 38 (Cosmic Crisp) on the map.

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WSTFA annual meeting, Day 1

December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

A wrap of the first day's discussions at the WSTFA Annual Meeting and Hort Show in Yakima

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Growing generations: 2018 Good Fruit Growers of the Year

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Block by block, the Plath family has grown a company — and a reputation for quality — by focusing on every aspect of fruit production from tree to market.

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Fryhover: To boldly go

November 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover says the path to marketing success starts with the apple.

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To see opportunities, look at the world differently – Hort Show preview

November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Keynote speaker at the WSTFA Annual Meeting says the future doesn’t have to surprise us.

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India delays apple tariff, again

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Extra 25 percent tariff on U.S. apples in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires Angela Daniels as event coordinator

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Daniels brings prior experience in events, communications and marketing

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Conquering Concords

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Study aims to help growers make juice grapes profitable.

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Switching to organic in the vineyard

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Welch’s grower shares costs and benefits involved with transitioning juice grapes.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Crafty choices

November 15th, 2018|2 Comments

How British Columbia’s apple industry looks to add value through cider.

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IFTA B.C. tour: A taste of history

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Okanagan growers share their deep roots during the International Fruit Tree Association summer tour.

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Call for committee nominations

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear, cherry and apricot growers and handlers can submit committee nominations at industry meetings in December and January.

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Great Lakes Farm EXPO: Wide range of fruit sessions

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Huge gathering of growers set for December in Michigan.

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Fire blight control featured at 2018 WSTFA Annual Meeting

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers to gather for December’s annual conference in Yakima, Washington.


Gilbert: What you can – and can’t – control

November 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Deciding on a theme and topics for the WSTFA Annual Meeting.

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‘Be on the lookout for weeds that do not die’

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers in Canada watch for herbicide resistance as Ontario government issues memorandum warning.

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Rainiers break a record in the 2018 cherry season review

October 25th, 2018|1 Comment

Northwest Cherry Growers releases year-end report on second-largest crop ever.

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Is apple clearwing moth on the move?

October 17th, 2018|0 Comments

After infesting orchards in British Columbia, there are indications this pest may have already reached Washington state.

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Himalayan aspirations

October 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers, government and World Bank investment drive modernization in India’s apple orchards.

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After Ambrosia: ‘Where do we go from here?’

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

B.C. apple growers looking for next variety after years of Ambrosia reliance.

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Variety Watch: An apple so nice, they named it twice

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Growers, inventors are hoping markets Rave about First Kiss.

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EverCrisp: A club for everyone

October 10th, 2018|1 Comment

EverCrisp apple’s open managed approach is getting enthusiastic marks from Midwest and Mid-Atlantic growers.

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Congress holds fate of new trade deal to replace NAFTA

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

While agreement calls for no tariffs on apples, pears and cherries between North American nations, Mexico’s separate 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples could remain in place.

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2018 apple harvest by the numbers

October 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Industry looks into crystal ball for 2018 forecast around the globe.

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Making sure Cosmic comes out Crisp – Video

September 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Growers learn from other growers on tour of some of the first commercial WA 38 plantings.

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Money available for U.S. sweet cherry growers hurt by trade disputes

September 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Cherry growers are expected to share in $111.5 million in aid as part of an overall $12 billion package the Trump administration approved to help growers and producers hurt by trade policies.

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WAEF honors volunteers for service

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Xochitl Velazquez, Steve Clive and Washington Fruit & Produce were honoredfor their service to the foundation’s efforts with educational opportunities and scholarship awards.

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Constance Savage named general manager of L’Ecole N° 41

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

L’Ecole’s current general manager Debbie Frol will retire at the end of the year.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Some promising previews

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Summerland shows off a few of its up and coming cherry varieties at IFTA.

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Good Point: The time is ripe for pears

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Getting great tasting fruit into customers’ hands will bring them back for more.

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USDA shares details on relief program for apple and pear growers

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. apple and pear growers who may be harmed by ongoing international trade disputes will be able to apply for the federal government’s relief package beginning in October.

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New price for processed pears: $353 per ton

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The new price is lower than the $360 per ton paid last year due to lower prices from the food service sector and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an influx of Chinese canned pears sold at lower than the cost of U.S. production.

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IFTA B.C. tour: Land of late and lucrative cherries – Video

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia growers double down to hit the late-season market.

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Stannard named new chair at USApple

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

She has been in the apple business since 1996 and is owner of New York Apple Sales, Inc., one of the largest marketers of New York state apples.

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Tree fruit added to U.S. relief program for food impacted by trade disputes

August 28th, 2018|2 Comments

The Food Purchase and Distribution Program will buy up to $1.2 billion in food products “unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.”

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New U.S. apple crop estimate revised downward

August 24th, 2018|0 Comments

256.2 million bushel crop prediction on Day 2 of US Apple Outlook meeting is 6 percent lower than USDA's estimate from two weeks ago, largely based on changes in Washington's crop.

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Gala on pace to topple Red Delicious’ reign

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Day 1 at the 2018 US Apple Outlook: U.S. growers expect Red Delicious to yield its place as the leading variety by volume for the first time in more than 50 years.

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University of Minnesota introduces First Kiss apple

August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

The same apple breeding team that brought Honeycrisp to market is releasing a new cultivar this year.

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Guilherme Fontanella Sander, a young grower from Vale do Sol, Brazil

July 27th, 2018|1 Comment

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family background / Guilherme grew up working alongside his father Renato and mother Edna at

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Where no cherry has gone before — IFTA BC tour Day 2

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada, are planting cherries in places where they won’t pick until mid-September.

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Woodall joins Michigan Apple Committee as regional manager

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The Michigan Apple Committee has hired John Woodall as regional manager covering the northern region of the U.S.

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IFTA tours Summerland research center’s genetic diversity

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

A glimpse of 30,000 apple varieties in various stages of propagation overlooking the shores of Okanagan Lake highlighted the first day of the International Tree Fruit Association summer tour through British Columbia.

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Dressel named chairperson of NYAA board

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Sarah Dressel of Dressel Farms in New Paltz, New York, has been named chairperson of

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Gebbers testifies before U.S. House committee about tariffs

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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Cass Gebbers, president and CEO of Gebbers Farms in Brewster, Washington, testified before the trade

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Adams joins Washington Apple Commission’s communications team

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

The Washington Apple Commission has hired Toni Lynn Adams as a communications outreach coordinator.

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Two Northwest associations focused on trade finalize affiliation

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Northwest Fruit Exporters is now a member of the Northwest Horticultural Council.

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Too hot and cold in the Golden State

June 28th, 2018|3 Comments

Temperature tantrums abound for apricot, peach and cherry growers in California.

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Steven Murray Jr., a young grower from Bakersfield, California

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Steven has helped change Murray Family Farms’ business, adding farm markets and