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USApple announces 2019 Young Apple Leaders

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments

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The U.S. Apple Association announced its class of 2019 Young Apple Leaders, a group of

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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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BC Tree Fruits restructures

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

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BC Tree Fruits, which packs the bulk of British Columbia’s apples, has laid off a

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Register now for WSU/OSU Cherry Fruit School, March 12-13

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

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Sweet cherry growers can learn about the latest research and technology at the upcoming Cherry

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EverCrisp apple sales expanding to Texas

January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

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Sales of the MAIA-1 apple variety, developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association and marketed

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Heart-healthy certification expanded for all varieties of USA Pears

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

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Pear Bureau Northwest announced the expansion of the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy branding to all

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Dan Norman, a young grower from Sparta, Michigan

January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

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family background/ Dan is a first-generation tree fruit grower who wants to build on the

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Warming up to Arctic apples

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Canadian developers of first GMO apple plan for expansion.

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Pear industry pitches American-grown canned fruit

January 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Buyers urged to buy American because "Kids CAN taste the difference" between U.S. pears and imports

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Clean Plant Center exports mostly on hold

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Exports of clean tree fruit budwood on hold while center cleans up paperwork processes.

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Apple marketers like social media

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Facebook, YouTube and pop-up stores giving marketers new tools to introduce consumers to club apples.

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Kurrle: 2019 brings challenges and opportunities

December 28th, 2018|0 Comments

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From agricultural labor to farm bill programs, regulations and trade agreements, the policies and decisions

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President signs Farm Bill

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the $867 billion Farm Bill that Congress passed last

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India delays additional apple tariff, again

December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

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India has once again postponed implementing a retaliatory tariff on imported U.S. apples, this time

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Grower yields profits with agritourism

December 13th, 2018|0 Comments

British Columbia orchard gambles on agritainment to preserve legacy for next generation.

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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.

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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.