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Premium wines hold opportunity, grape growers told
Premium wines hold opportunity, grape growers told
A global wine and wine grape broker tells Washington winemakers that the greatest opportunities right now are in premium wines.

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Cold, blustery weather could complicate almond blossom
Cold, blustery weather could complicate almond blossom
Cold, blustery and wet weather in California could interfere with bee activity during the almond blossom, industry officials warn.
Snow hampers tree-fruit pruning in Washington state
Snow hampers tree-fruit pruning in Washington state
It's not a huge problem, but Central Washington orchards, particularly in the north and higher elevations, have dealt with more snow as they push to get winter pruning done.
Groups seek public, private dollars for farmworker housing
Groups seek public, private dollars for farmworker housing
Washington Growers League, in Yakima, is looking at greater grower financing for farmworker housing, and the League and other groups continue to look for public and private funding for the same.
Idaho wine grape harvest off by half
Idaho wine grape harvest off by half
Wine grape production in Idaho was down by almost 50 percent in 2015 but vintners say grape quality was excellent.
EEOC, Evans Fruit settle sex harassment cases
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has dropped all of its sexual harassment claims and court appeals against a large Washington apple grower in exchange for the company paying claimants.
Global competition to push down prices paid to prune producers
Global competition to push down prices paid to prune producers
Prune prices to growers will likely drop slightly this year because of global competition, the leader of a California cooperative says.
Die-offs fluster beekeepers on eve of Calif. almond blossom
Die-offs fluster beekeepers on eve of Calif. almond blossom
Beekeepers across the country had another rough winter in terms of honey bee losses, tightening supplies and pushing up growers' pollination costs as the almond blossom in California is about to begin.
Labor official offers paid sick leave advice
Labor official offers paid sick leave advice
A top official at Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries offered farmers advice on calculating sick leave wages for piece-rate workers.
New tree fruit specialist meets growers
New tree fruit specialist meets growers
Almost three months in her new job, WSU Extension tree fruit specialist Tianna Dupont met many growers at annual meetings.
New blight-resistant genes identified for hazelnuts
New blight-resistant genes identified for hazelnuts
New genes that confer Eastern Filbert Blight resistance are being incorporated into hazelnut trees.

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