Cuba's economy and middle class need to grow for it to buy Pacific Northest tree fruit, industry leaders say.
Tree fruit officials are concerned federal food safety rules will be a burden to orchard irrigation and one industry leader says the regs could become as onerous as the Endangered Species Act.
It's a tough year for Washington apples. The Washington Apple Commission is working to build export
They redefined their roles last March and now two Washington apple industry trade organizations are looking at greater cooperation.
Absorbing tens of millions of dollars in losses weekly from a West Coast longshoremen's work slow down, the Washington apple industry is interested in curbing union power.
It looks likely apples will flow both ways between the U.S. and China in a couple of months, industry officials say.
An Oregon bill proposes ending property tax exemptions for farms in 2018.
Washington apple growers are responding to allegations made by Mexican apple growers that they are sending apples to Mexico at below-market prices.
It's government policy to maintain large flocks of migratory geese, but farmers say the burden of feeding the birds essentially falls to them.
Cherry growers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah are invited to the 72nd annual Cherry Institute in Yakima, Wash., Jan. 16. They will discuss the record 2014 crop and ways to sell more cherries.
Researchers at Washington State University are asking tree fruit growers which type of licensing agreements they prefer in future releases of new tree fruit varieties.
The harvests of almonds and other tree nuts are mostly wrapped up in California. Drought has taken its toll on almond sizes and weights, producing a crop that's estimated to be 7 percent to 8 percent lighter than last year's.
California's strawberry industry will be methyl bromide-free by 2016, a state commodity group asserts. The fumigant is now used on only about 8 percent of the state's strawberry acreage.
Much was talked about during the first day of Washington state's annual tree fruit meeting, including Polish apples possibly coming to the U.S. a year from now.