Northwest pear estimate down from last year’s record

This year’s Northwest pear crop won’t be a record-breaker like last year’s, but growers were expecting quality fruit.That was the assessment in early June, when Pear Bureau Northwest (PBN) projected a fresh-market crop of 18.7... more »

Streptomycin will not be allowed in organic orchards

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has voted not to extend use of streptomycin in organic apple and pear orchards beyond the current deadline. That means organic apple and pear growers will not be allowed... more »

Fresh fruit exports increase in 2013

Fiscal year 2013 proved to be another record-breaking year for U.S. agricultural exports, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).In fiscal year 2013, U.S. agricultural exports increased by $5 billion, bringing the... more »

IFTA hands out awards at annual conference

British Columbia orchardist David Geen was named Outstanding Grower of the Year by the International Fruit Tree Association at its annual conference Feb. 24 in Kelowna, British Columbia.Geen owns Coral Beach Farms, near Kelowna, B.C.,... more »

China could be huge market for U.S. pears

U.S. pear shipments to China have started small, but the country has the potential to become the third largest export market for the Pacific Northwest industry, according to Jeff Correa, international marketing director for Pear... more »

Northwest pear estimate up slightly from last year

Representatives of the Pacific Northwest pear industry, responsible for 84 percent of the U.S. fresh pear crop, met recently in Portland, Ore., to project the size of the 2013 fresh pear harvest.With reports of a... more »

Stewart represents New York Apple Association

New York Apple Association (NYAA) has named Julia Stewart as the association’s spokeswoman. Stewart assumed the role in March. She has been supporting NYAA’s public relations activities since May 2012.Stewart’s responsibilities include planning and executing... more »

Decision threatens U.S. apple exports to Europe

Last month, the European Commission decided to lower the permitted residue level of diphenylamine (DPA) on imported apples. Starting in January 2014, the level will not be able to exceed 0.1 parts per million –... more »

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