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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 »

Buyers cautioned in wake of BEI woes

BEI International, a South Haven, Michigan, agriculture equipment supplier that went defunct in April, left several farmers throughout the country without their promised harvesting equipment and parts – and little chance of recouping their thousands... more »

Expect to see more technology in produce facilities

There are two elements about the fresh-cut produce line of the future that we can be sure of: raw product will be received and a finished product will depart. The territory between these entry and... more »

Final Census of Agriculture data released to the public

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture.During a May 2 webcast, NASS officials shared wide-ranging information about what agricultural products were... more »

Growers, handlers vote to renew CIAB

Tart cherry growers and handlers have decided to extend the life of their industry’s federal marketing order, known as the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), for another six years.USDA recently announced the results of the... more »

Marketers share winning sales ideas

In 2007, Giff and Mae Burnap, who run Butternut Farm in Farmington, N.H., tried something new: They gave out free u-pick apple bags at a local elementary school. The half-peck bags were given to the... more »

Full 2012 Census of Agriculture to be released May 2

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick... more »

Amendments made to Export Apple Act

According to USDA, two amendments have been made to the Export Apple Act. The first amendment exempts apples shipped to Canada in bulk containers from USDA inspection and certification. The second amendment adds a definition... more »

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