Pacific Northwest

Neil Ferguson takes on new role at Pear Bureau Northwest

Pear Bureau Northwest announced Aug. 26  Neil Ferguson has been promoted to creative marketing manager. Ferguson started at Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) in 2017 as the organization's communications specialist and has been continually taking on new responsibilities in... more »

Demand for SugarBee-brand cider previews strong apple season ahead

Chelan Fresh’s SugarBee-brand apple cider began shipping this month and is already flying off retailers’ shelves, the company reports, indicating that consumer demand will be strong for new-crop SugarBee apples when they arrive in stores... more »

Washington mandates broad COVID-19 testing for farms experiencing outbreaks

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug 19 issued an update to Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers.” The proclamation now requires agricultural employers to test their workforce broadly when health officials identify an outbreak that... more »

Northwest pear crop estimate for 2020 pegged at 16.6M boxes

After careful evaluation, the pear industry is releasing the first official estimate of the 2020-21 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. According to a news release, pear growers and producers from Washington's Wenatchee and... more »

Vancouver, Washington’s ‘Old Apple Tree’ dies at age 194

It's not often that you'll read an obituary for a tree. Or that a dead tree gets a memorial service of sorts. But then there aren't many like Vancouver, Washington's "Old Apple Tree." "In June,... more »

The role of dendrometers for irrigation management in apple

What is a dendrometer? How can we use this tool to improve the precision of irrigation management and fruit quality? Join Washington State University (WSU) Extension in a webinar designed to learn about dendrometers and... more »

116th Annual Meeting & NW Hort Expo going virtual

After much consideration, the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association and Yakima Pom Club have decided to move the 116th Annual Meeting and NW Hort Expo to a virtual platform for... more »

Washington Apple Education Foundation elects board members, renews officers

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) held its quarterly meeting on Aug. 13.  It is the second time this year for WAEF directors to meet via video conference.  Elections of board members and officers had... more »

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