States consider alcohol tasting at farmers’ markets

Wade Bennett peddles hard cider and wine at farmers markets in and around Seattle, but his $20 bottles can be a tough sell when consumers can't sip and swirl the beverages first. Bloomberg BusinessweekRead the... more »

RosBREED bringing fruit breeders together

It’s an exciting time to be a fruit breeder.That much was evident March 8, when breeders of rosaceous crops – including apples, peaches, cherries and strawberries – got together in Lansing, Mich., to share data... more »

Associated Fruit lays off half its workers

The economic ripples from 2010's late spring frost have turned into a financial tsunami for one of the Rogue Valley's major pear industry players. Mail Tribune (Oregon)To read more, click here. more »

Sundance berry getting ready for release

The newest cranberry cultivar release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison cranberry breeding program has shown itself to be a reliable and consistent performer. In fact, the new hybrid – tentatively named Sundance – has been... more »

Plantings are closer, denser than they were 50 years ago

Three Extension educators shared their thoughts on the ways tree fruit growing systems have changed in the last 50 years. Jerry Frecon, Rutgers University: In the 44 years I have been working with commercial orchards,... more »

BASF announces new chemistry fungicide for 2012

BASF is continuing its tradition of innovation by introducing a new fungicide, which will be available to growers in 2012, pending registration. The new chemistry, called Xemium, is a carboxamide that works by inhibiting SDH... more »

Mexico tariffs on ag products may end

Trade-inhibiting tariffs that have cost producers of Washington apples, pears, cherries and other products millions of dollars would end early this summer under an agreement announced Thursday by the U.S. and Mexican governments. The Yakima... more »

USApple applauds U.S.-Mexico trucking agreement

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) applauds the governments of the U.S. and Mexico for announcing that they have reached an agreement in principle to resolve a long-standing cross-border trucking dispute. Mexico has committed to end... more »

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