There’s Blueberry Production Potential in China

China is quickly reforming its economy to encourage entrepreneurial activity and exports. With the strong international demand for blueberries, it is no surprise that the Chinese are considering blueberries as a new crop. That’s according... more »

Washington’s Jim Koempel Named Apple Citizen of the Year

It’s a tradition in Washington state. Each year, the community of apple growers around Wenatchee selects the Apple Citizen of the Year. This year, it’s Jim Koempel of Cashmere, who grows 275 acres of fruit... more »

Pennsylvania Farm Specializes in Adding Value

Soergel Orchards sells fruit salad in a special basket for $54.99 – and people are willing to pay for it. The secret is the basket: a carved-out watermelon. Each hollow melon can hold 12 to... more »

Kentucky Couple Spreads the Good News About Blueberries

When Jenny and Larry Martin moved to Kentucky in 1995, they brought more blueberry bushes with them than there were in the entire state. It was the genesis of the burgeoning Kentucky blueberry industry. The... more »

Warm Winter Brings Early Berries, Hail Cuts Into Production

There are advantages and disadvantages to mild winters, such as the one most of the United States experienced in 2006. But for strawberry growers in North Carolina – the country’s fourth largest producer – the... more »

Washington Growers Praise Visit from Mexico’s President

Mexican President Vicente Fox’s visit to Yakima, Wash., was seen as a step in the right direction by many of the area’s produce growers. “Overall, it was a good visit and a good thing for... more »

New York Winery Named Best in State

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards was named “Winery of the Year” during the 2005 New York Wine & Food Classic. What does it take to be named the best winery in the state? Vineyard manager Tom Stevenson... more »

Industry Looks Ahead to Increasingly Better Times

Depending upon where you put your benchmark, the best of times are either ahead of us – or behind us – in the cranberry industry. For the optimistic, prices have been steadily rising since 1999,... more »

Mexico’s High Desert Apple Orchards Fuel Warm Thoughts

Travelers come in two types, I’ve noticed. There are the critical types, who don’t see much good in the way other folks do things. They compare everything they see, unfavorably, to what they left back... more »

Virus Found in New York, Michigan

After causing a stir six years ago, plum pox virus (PPV) laid low while government officials conducted mopping up operations in Pennsylvania and Ontario. Then, within a month this summer, PPV was found in New... more »

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