Pacific Northwest

Federal judge in Washington state stops 50% pay hike for blueberry pickers

A federal judge has blocked the government from imposing a 50% wage hike for blueberry pickers in Washington state. The Olympian in Olympia, Washington, reports U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. temporarily stopped the Department of... more »

USDA surveying fruit growers about chemical use

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Olympia, Washington office said in a Sept. 9 press release it would soon begin surveying fruit growers in 12 states for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey. This survey... more »

Fruit Tec REDpulse pneumatic defoliation for apples demonstrated

Demonstrations of the Fruit Tec REDpulse pneumatic defoliation for apples are scheduled this week in Washington state. REDpulse defoliation removes most of the shading leaves completely or parts of it. Light parts of the fruit skin... more »

Former Marine, first generation college student sets sights on wine world

Bernadette Gagnier knows a thing or two about being an outlier. The first-generation college student is the middle child and only daughter in a family of Boy Scouts. Growing up, she was taught two principles... more »

Washington apple industry debuts new educational video series

A new video series from the Washington Apple Commission shares an inside look at the Washington apple industry to educate consumers, international trade and retailers. The series is divided into nine segments highlighting Trade, Technology,... more »

Washington tree fruit industry awards over $1.1 million in scholarships

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded a record 320 new and renewing students with scholarship support this spring.  Funding for the awards was raised through voluntary contributions from members of the tree fruit industry... more »

Protecting vineyards from birds with drones is study topic

Aerial drones could eventually help Washington growers recoup some of the $80 million a year in crop damages caused by birds. That’s according to a study by Washington State University scientists published earlier this year... more »

Fresh Arctic Apple slices launching into foodservice markets

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) introduced non-browning Arctic apple fresh slices to a receptive foodservice industry at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) recent Foodservice Show in Monterey, California. “It was exciting for us to exhibit... more »

Current Issue

May 2022 issue of Fruit Growers News

IFG adds cherry focus to influence industry progression

Growers feel fertilizer, input cost crunch

Research station trees boosted by Michigan group

Grower, researcher look at the viability of FruitScout

Texas vineyard succeeds in hostile growing climate

Farm Market column: Project shows markets are essential businesses

Ag Labor Review column: Heat is on to keep protecting workers on the farm

Notes From the Farm column: Apparel upgrades, reader questions keep one busy

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