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Stemilt given license to latest Minnesota apple

The University of Minnesota has given Stemilt Growers the license to grow, pack and market a new, early-to-ripen apple cultivar. The patent name for the cultivar is MN55, and the University of Minnesota plans to... more »

USApple estimates third-largest crop in history

Editor’s note: The following numbers are based on USDA and USApple’s revised estimate of the size of the 2013 crop. The U.S. Apple Association has announced its estimate of the size of the 2014 U.S.... more »

Nicholson named chairman of USApple

Mark Nicholson is the new chairman of the U.S. Apple Association’s board of directors. He was elected in August, during USApple’s annual conference in Chicago, and will serve a one-year term. He received the official... more »

Young grower saluted for innovation

The enthusiasm Kristin (Fritz) Kubiszak shows in leading the next generation of family farmers to new heights is evident in the way she goes about her business. Kubiszak, part of the Brookside Farms’ operation based... more »

Chinese fresh apples knocking at our door

Chinese fresh apples are another step closer to the U.S. market. On July 18, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to allow their importation into... more »

Northwest pear industry revises its crop estimate

With harvest currently underway, representatives of the Northwest pear industry have officially updated their initial projections for the 2014 fresh pear crop yield. Reports of a crop of excellent quality have been confirmed from all... more »

Michigan processing apple prices negotiated

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers (MPAG) Marketing Committee has negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices for the 2014 crop:Hard varieties (2.5 inches and up): $12.50/cwt.Soft varieties (2.5 inches and up): $10.00/cwt.The following processors agreed... more »

Obituary: Tom Butler, former apple division manager

Tom Butler, long-time manager of Michigan Processing Apple Growers, passed away July 25. He was 74.Butler began his career with the Michigan Processing Apple Growers Division of the Michigan Agricultural Commodities Marketing Association in 1973,... more »


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