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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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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

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EverCrisp release ramps up

June 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Midwest Apple Improvement Association marketing its first new apple.

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WSU reveals its wild cider

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Students start cider apple breeding program to learn techniques.

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New potential for old apples

June 12th, 2018|2 Comments

Cider demand renews interest for growing traditional varieties in modern orchard systems.

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Northwest tree fruit delegation heads to D.C. to talk trade

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

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A delegation representing the Northwest tree fruit industry will be meeting with Trump administration officials

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Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

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Tart growers target Turkey

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

U.S. tart cherry industry weighs legal challenge to low-price imports.

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Mexico slaps tariffs on U.S. apples

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Country's largest apple export market retaliates over steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Plans within plants

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Managing sheer number of samples, volume of data is focus for breeding program.

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Cherries chugging to China again

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

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Cherry shipments to China seem to be moving again, just in time for the Northwest’s

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Trade disputes broaden

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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U.S. fruit growers, already burdened with new tariffs from China, now have to deal with

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A mighty idea

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Mighty Tieton founder working to turn fruit labels into giant mosaics.

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A sweet solution for cherries

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s cherries find another market as Tabletree juice.

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Ready to rally in Big Sky country

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Montana’s sweet cherry growers are hoping for a better year after the downturn of 2017.

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Thurlby: Complications in cherry forecast

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 brings an earlier start and cloud of tariffs over China.

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Concerns over China top Northwest cherry growers meeting

May 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Industry members fear trade disputes could impact largest export market.

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Growing from good to great in New Zealand

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Return to basics aids grower in troubled block of Jazz apples.

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Roles are changing in crop consulting

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Crop consultants are venturing into new arenas with shifts in industry.

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Beating the labor blues

May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Optical sorters are cutting labor costs for blueberry packing.

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Bruno Simpson, a young grower from Nelson, New Zealand

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

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family background / Bruno is the third generation of Waimea Nurseries and has been elected