Pacific Northwest

Stemilt’s West Mathison named Apple Citizen of the Year

West Mathison, president and CEO of Stemilt Growers for 19 years, is the 2024 Apple Citizen of the Year. The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival awarded Mathison the honor on Feb. 10 at the Performing... more »

Washington State group issues alert on H-2A bill

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) has issued an action alert to members, asking them to write to state senators to express opposition to two bills, one of which would add numerous questions to... more »

WSU seeks input on phenology-based management of pears

Washington State University researchers are asking for input from pear growers and others in the industry for an annual survey on pear management practices. The purpose of this survey is to gain a better understanding... more »

Washington state to decide on produce sticker ban

Washington state legislators are considering a ban on non-compostable stickers on fresh produce. Specialty crop groups, including the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), say the ban could lead to an increase in the use... more »

Washington winegrowers group to host Winevit 2024

This year’s iteration of WineVit, a three day conference for winegrape growers, vintners and industry professionals, is scheduled for Feb. 5-7. The Washington Winegrowers Association is announcing the WineVit 2024 Convention and Trade Show. The... more »

Washington soil health events cover diverse topics

Washington State University will co-host a series of events across the state in February to advance soil health practices and knowledge. SoilCon, now in its fourth year, is a free resource for agricultural professionals to... more »

FirstFruit Farms acquires Applewood Fresh Growers

FirstFruits Farms, Prescott, Washington, has acquired Michigan’s Applewood Orchards and Applewood Fresh Growers. This development marks a significant milestone in FirstFruits’ continuous pursuit of excellence and expansion, according to a news release. Working jointly, FirstFruits... more »

Researchers study AI for thinning, pruning automation

Researchers are examining ways AI can help improve orchard thinning and pruning. Oregon State University (OSU) and Washington State University scientists with AI, mechanical engineering and computer science expertise are also considering how the tech... more »

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