USApple to review new produce safety rule

FDA has just posted a pre-publication version of the 801-page final produce food safety rule that will apply to growers: "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption." The rule will... more »

U.S. apples pour into Mexico 
as dumping dispute plays out

From the Yakima Herald: From his desk on the sales floor, Victor Ratia has no trouble selling apples to Mexico. International politics, dumping allegations and a long-postponed decision about whether Washington’s largest export market will... more »

CiderCon to gather nation’s cider experts

Members of the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) will convene in Portland, Oregon, Feb. 2-5 for CiderCON 2016, the annual meeting and conference for the nation's cider industry. Conference sessions will focus on... more »

November apple holdings down from 2014

The U.S. Apple Association has released its first storage report on the 2015 U.S. apple crop. According to the report, Nov. 1 fresh-market apple holdings of 117.3 million bushels were 19 percent lower than November 2014 holdings of 145.6 million bushels,... more »

The orchard of the future: Higher tree densities, more automation

If asked what commercial fruit orchards might look like in the future – even up to a century from now – those who’ve studied orchards closely will give you a wide range of answers. The... more »

Penn State Extension has videos for apple growers

The Penn State Extension Horticulture, Start Farming, and Pesticide Education Teams have produced three new videos on integrated pest management practices for sustainable establishment and management of apple orchards. If you are making plans to... more »

Environmental group: Wendy’s has no plans to buy Arctic apples

Wendy's, one of the nation’s top restaurant chains, has confirmed the company does not plan to sell or use the genetically modified Arctic apple, according to an environmental group called Friends of the Earth (FOE). Earlier this... more »

Why are my apples blooming in fall?

Some homeowners and commercial growers have reported apple trees blooming this fall instead of the normal time in spring. Michigan State University Extension educators hypothesize a transient drought stress occurred this summer, causing some tree growth... more »

Picking your own apples can be expensive – for orchards

At first glance, u-pick seems like a great deal for growers. Instead of paying people to pick your apples, they pay you? That's a no-brainer, right? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, the deal... more »

Del Monte recalls some Granny Smith apples

Del Monte Fresh Produce is initiating a voluntary recall of Granny Smith green apples because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections... more »

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