Pacific Northwest

Inslee expands drought emergency for nearly half of Washington state

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. Snow... more »

California Giant expands fresh blueberry acres in Oregon

Fields of blueberries grown for the California Giant label will increase significantly in 2019 largely due to partnerships with Oregon growers, according to a release from the company. California Giant said its summer volume from... more »

Washington State Wine puts $1M toward research projects

The Washington state wine industry has earmarked over $1 million for research in the coming fiscal year June 2020. More than $1,034,000 will fund 21 research projects, covering a diverse range of vineyard and winery... more »

Marquez, Cilloniz join Fall Creek as commercial managers for Mexico, Peru

Ricardo Marquez Reyes has joined Lowell, Oregon-based Fall Creek Farm & Nursery as commercial manager for Mexico, responsible for establishing and developing strong relationships with the company’s blueberry nursery and genetics customers in Mexico, overseeing... more »

Bob Kershaw, founder of Superfresh Growers, dies at age 81

Domex Superfresh Growers founder Robert “Bob” Chester Kershaw, 81, died May 9 in Yakima, Washington, from a sudden onset of pancreatic cancer. Bob was born in Yakima, Washington on Feb. 3, 1938 to Ronald and... more »

Benson joins Drape Net North America as sales represenative

Drape Net North America has added Dean Benson as its West Coast sales representative. Benson has 26 years of agricultural risk management and crop insurance experience. Benson started his career as a crop insurance agent. His initial... more »

USDA proposes revisions to US standards for grades of apples

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes revising the U.S. standards for grades of apples to remove smooth net-like russeting as a grade-determining factor in the U.S. Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy,... more »

7 tips for controlling frustrating apple scab

Wet weather, which is bound to come in the weeks ahead, builds potential for apple scab, a fungal disease of apples. The apple scab disease fungus overwinters on dead apple leaves and fruit left on... more »

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