Pacific Northwest

Northwest fresh pear crop estimate for 2019 harvest announced

During the annual Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) meeting held in Portland, OR on May 30, industry members compiled the first official estimate of the 2019-20 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers... more »

Researchers cite ideal areas, timing for biological control of stink bug

Biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, would be more effective in natural areas bordering crops or at times when certain insecticides aren’t being applied, according to a... more »

Oregon State University holds vineyard mechanization webinar

Pacific Northwest wine grape growers are invited to a free webinar, “Can Mechanizing Vineyard Tasks Make you Money?” led by Clark Seavert, an Oregon State University agricultural economist. The webinar will be held from 11:45... more »

Charlie’s Produce acquires Better Life Organics of Los Angeles

Seattle, Washington-based Charlie’s Produce, an employee owned independent produce company serving the west coast since 1978, has acquired Better Life Organics (BLO), a Los Angeles based distributor of organic produce and food products. [caption id="" align="alignleft"... more »

Washington state measure addresses increased H-2A foreign labor use           

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on May 22 signed legislation that will allow the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to ensure foreign workers under the federal H-2A program have the support they need on the job... more »

Using artificial intelligence to estimate tree fruit yields

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) of Idaho researchers are working on a project that seeks to use artificial intelligence to more quickly and accurately make early season fruit yield estimates. NNU Professor Duke Bulanon last year... more »

Rainier Fruit promotes top performers Belknap and Markley

Rainier Fruit recently promoted two of its own, naming Blake Belknap as vice president of sales and Blaine Markley as director of domestic sales. Rainier Fruit is a multi-generation, vertically integrated fruit company based in... more »

Season finale Thursday for TV series featuring Alaska growers

Eight-part docuseries The American Farm concludes its first season with a finale 10 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The History Channel's series follows growers at family farms across the country. It comes from the creators of... more »

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