February’s fresh apple holdings down

American fresh apple holdings are down from 12 months ago, according to the U.S. Apple Association (USApple). The association wrote in a newsletter that fresh-market apple holdings were at 78.9 million bushels at the start... more »

Michigan tree fruit growers to vote on program continuation

Michigan Tree Fruit producers will vote on whether to continue the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Feb. 11-22. Ballots... more »

Wheatsheaf Group buys Purfresh, a CA systems provider

Wheatsheaf Group Limited recently purchased a majority stake in Purfresh, a global provider of controlled atmosphere systems. Purfresh systems are marketed as reducing the risk of high-value cargo loss through spoilage in refrigerated ocean shipping containers.... more »

Modern American apple orchard pioneer Wally Heuser dies

Wallace E. “Wally” Heuser, a pioneering apple grower based in the West Michigan town of Lawrence has died, his daughter Wanda Heuser Gale said. He was 90 years old. “It is with great sorrow that... more »

Wine industry legend Lohr receives Distinguished Service Award

The third annual Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award for major contributions to the American grape and wine industry, and to research, was given to Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Lohr has committed... more »

New options available for battling orchard nematodes

Nematodes are a threat to the productivity of both new and established orchards, but new products and research are adding to growers’ collective toolbox for dealing with the pests. Marisol Quintanilla, an applied nematologist at... more »

Deadline to apply for Washington apple scholarships is March 1

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) will award over $1 million in new and renewing scholarships to college students this spring for the 2019-2020 school year.  The deadline for new applicants to submit scholarship applications... more »

United Fresh promotes Coppola to VP

United Fresh promoted Mary Coppola to Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Coppola joined the association in the fall of 2014, spearheading the organization’s marketing and communications efforts. “When Mary... more »

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