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Pear growers renew oldest marketing order
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Pear growers renew oldest marketing order
Growers representing 90 percent of production volume voted to renew the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927 for six years.

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El Salvadoran, Guatemalan H-2A workers hired
El Salvadoran, Guatemalan H-2A workers hired
The Washington farm labor association known as WAFLA is recruiting its first El Salvadoran and Guatemalan H-2A-visa workers for Washington orchard work and Christmas bough harvests.
Study: More beetles can carry disease killing avocado trees
Three more beetles have been found to carry the tree-killing disease laurel wilt.
Sunkist CEO Russell Hanlin dies at 84
Russell Hanlin, who was president and CEO of Sunkist Growers for two decades, has died. The marketing cooperative says Hanlin was 84 when he died Tuesday
Columbia Gorge winemakers score with Portland consumers
Columbia Gorge winemakers score with Portland consumers
The region along the Columbia River east of Portland produces wines that match the changing climate and topography.
Genetically engineered citrus virus could be answer for fighting HLB
Genetically engineered citrus virus could be answer for fighting HLB
The USDA is considering issuing permits for a Florida firm to widen its field trials of a genetically modified virus containing defensin proteins from spinach as a tool to make trees resistant to huanglongbing.
Fruit growers face dilemma over fungicides that threaten pollinators
For fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest, spring is the time for the annual struggle between keeping their trees alive and keeping conditions safe for the bees that pollinate those trees.
Navel oranges in good condition as harvest enters home stretch
Navel oranges in good condition as harvest enters home stretch
The navel orange crop in California’s San Joaquin Valley seemed to dodge major issues with fungus and rot as the harvest is about 70 percent complete.
Horticulturist appointed director of OSU’s Mid-Columbia center
Horticulturist appointed director of OSU’s Mid-Columbia center
The OSU research and Extension station in Hood River has seen staff turnover and research interruptions.
Wine industry celebrates Latino students
Graduates of Washington’s 2016-2017 Latino Ag Education Program were celebrated by the state’s wine industry in Prosser.

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