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Cuba is potential market for PNW fruit
Courtesy of The Pear Bureau Northwest
Cuba is potential market for PNW fruit
Cuba's economy and middle class need to grow for it to buy Pacific Northest tree fruit, industry leaders say.

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Apple industry interested in changing labor law
Apple industry interested in changing labor law
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.
Full U.S.-China apple access ‘highly likely’
Full U.S.-China apple access ‘highly likely’
It looks likely apples will flow both ways between the U.S. and China in a couple of months, industry officials say.
Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
Expiration of farm property tax exemptions proposed
An Oregon bill proposes ending property tax exemptions for farms in 2018.
Mexican growers allege Washington apple dumping
Mexican growers allege Washington apple dumping
Washington apple growers are responding to allegations made by Mexican apple growers that they are sending apples to Mexico at below-market prices.
‘Goose Patrol’ tries to keep birds at bay
‘Goose Patrol’ tries to keep birds at bay
It's government policy to maintain large flocks of migratory geese, but farmers say the burden of feeding the birds essentially falls to them.
PNW cherry growers sell record crop
PNW cherry growers sell record crop
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.
Tree fruit growers asked about licensing arrangements
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.
Drought makes for lighter almond crop
Drought makes for lighter almond crop
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.
Group: Strawberries to be methyl bromide-free by 2016
Group: Strawberries to be methyl bromide-free by 2016
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.
Poland wants U.S. apple access
Poland wants U.S. apple access
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.