Farmers gear up for unexpected boom after new free trade pacts

With the fall apple harvest winding down in Washington state, growers would normally be scaling back jobs, but not this year. Three new free trade agreements passed by Congress and signed by President Obama have... more »

Florida takes advantage of gap in blueberry market

Hundreds of small blueberry farms have opened in the Sunshine State in the past three decades, and blueberry production has increased more than tenfold in the past decade. The farmers hope to capitalize on their... more »

U of M researchers join effort to help cold-climate wine industry thrive

Wine grapes can be grown in cold climates; that’s been established since the University of Minnesota began releasing cold-hardy varieties in the 1970s. But how can the wine industry in the Upper Midwest and Northeast... more »

Washington apple growers scrambling to find workers

One after another, at a recent emergency meeting in Wenatchee called by the Governor's Office, fruit growers talked about how hard it's been to find workers as the harvest hits its sweet spot.One orchardist recalled... more »

Penn State experts contribute to new online resource for apple growers

With the arrival of apple-harvest season, researchers and extension educators in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have teamed with counterparts from across the country to establish a new online resource about growing apples and... more »

Oregon growers trying several tricks to salvage wine grape growing season

Threats of migratory birds, destructive mold and fall weather make it a tough time to be a wine grape in the Willamette Valley.Area growers are on pins and needles as they deal with another delayed... more »

Apple growers desperate for pickers to gather crop

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says the shortage of apple pickers in the nation’s top apple-producing state is dire. The Spokesman-ReviewTo read more, click here. more »

Ohio apple crop better than expected

Ohio's apple growers worried about heavy spring rain this year have gotten some relief from the weather.Growers say hot summer temperatures helped sweeten the apples, and cooler fall nights have been good for the fruit's... more »

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