Pacific Northwest

COVID-19 restrictions on agritourism eased by Washington governor

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced Aug. 28 updated guidance for agritourism and the agricultural industry as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. Rather than banning the activities, the revised rules give farms instructions on... more »

British Columbia cherry season has wrapped up after challenging year

Known for growing the latest ripening cherries in the northern hemisphere, Jealous Fruits announced the completion of the 2020 cherry season. “Due to frost damage that impacted the Okanagan Valley, we dealt with a much... more »

WSU, Extension partner to develop agriculture water monitoring website

A growing number of fruit and vegetable growers in the Columbia Basin are working with researchers in Washington State University Extension to find an easier way to track and share data on water quality used... more »

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 »

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