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Final California grape crush numbers released

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service on March 9 released finalized numbers for the California grape crush. The 2017 crush totaled 4,239,836 tons, up 0.5 percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 ton... more


Florida Radiance, other UF varieties celebrated on National Strawberry Day

Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. Whitake... more


California ag secretary visits fire-damaged orchards

The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroyin... more


Southeast Regional conference set for Jan. 11-14

 The 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is set to kick off Thursday, Jan. 11 in Savannah, Georgia. The conference, which will run Jan. 11- 14, is marketed as the “largest educational conference and trade show in the so... more


Growers, researchers honored at Great Lakes EXPO banquet

Growers and researchers were honored for their contributions to the industry Wednesday, Dec. 8 at a formal banquet at the Great Lakes Fruit Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids. Allan Overhiser, a fifth-generation tree fruit grower fro... more


John Deere unveils 2016 Gator XUV 825i Special Edition

[caption id="attachment_9030" align="aligncenter" width="642"] John Deere's XUV825i Special Edition features two fully integrated cargo box tool boxes and two roof-mounted LED Lights. Photo: John Deere.[/caption] John Deere is offering a new special... more


Spotted lanternfly now found in four Pennsylvania counties

The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County; an additional township in Montgomery County and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester Counties. The additional quarantined municipalities include Boyertown... more


Industry veteran rides the waves

Gary Pullano, associate editor for Fruit Growers News, is blogging this week from the International Fruit Tree Association's Regional Summer Tour in Washington state.Washington state apple grower Jim Doornink survived the turn-of-the-century (21s... more


IFTA tour story ripe with industry progress

Gary Pullano, associate editor for Fruit Growers News, is blogging this week from the International Fruit Tree Association's Regional Summer Tour in Washington state.When you gather 170 people from seven countries, including those from nine U.S. ... more


Returning to the birthplace of apples in North America

The International Fruit Tree Association is holding its 58th Annual Conference in Canada's eastern province of Nova Scotia, where apples were first grown in North America. Larry Lutz of Scotian Gold Cooperative laid out some of the history at th... more



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