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Festivals promote California’s peach-production prowess
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Festivals promote California’s peach-production prowess
A group that sponsors 11 farmers' markets in the Sacramento has planned a series of festivals this summer to celebrate peach production, in which California leads the nation.

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Growers worried by packer’s bankruptcy
Growers worried by packer’s bankruptcy
Gold Diggers Apples Inc., a small, grower-owned cooperative on the U.S.-Canadian border, is in bankruptcy. Growers are concerned about getting paid.
SweeTango apple crops increase
Promoters of SweeTango apple variety say this year’s crop will be 18 percent larger than last year’s.
Oregon cherry orchard donates tons of fruit to the needy
Oregon cherry orchard donates tons of fruit to the needy
The donation from Orchard View Farms to the Oregon Food Bank was coordinated by Farmers Ending Hunger, of Salem.
Grants aim to boost Idaho wine industry
Grants aim to boost Idaho wine industry
The Idaho Wine Commission plans to spread the word about the quality of Idaho wines and bring its members new opportunities with grants from USDA.
Group to continue effort to boost U.S. walnut consumption
Group to continue effort to boost U.S. walnut consumption
The California Walnut Commission plans to continue its recent push to market the nuts domestically to try to offset a slide in prices to growers, the panel's leader says.
California’s fresh pear crop estimated to be down 8 percent
California’s fresh pear crop estimated to be down 8 percent
Conversion of acreage to wine grapes, fire blight disease and demand by canneries all are contributing to California’s continued decline in fresh pears.
Almond growers urged to reduce dust during harvest
Almond growers urged to reduce dust during harvest
Almond growers received tips on reducing harvest dust during a pair of workshops hosted by the Almond Board of California. Farm industries are placing a greater emphasis on dust reduction as much of California fails to meet federal air-quality standards.
At OSU blueberry field day, a falcon steals the show
At OSU blueberry field day, a falcon steals the show
Oregon blueberry growers hear results of the latest research, and get an air show as a bonus.
Noncitrus fruit production down in 2015
Noncitrus fruit production down in 2015
The latest USDA NASS report on U.S. noncitrus fruit shows production down 4 percent and value down 2 percent in 2015 from the previous year.
Water efficiency credited for big almond crop during drought
Water efficiency credited for big almond crop during drought
California almond yields in 2016 are epected to increase by nearly 8 percent over last year, and a top industry official credits growers for their water efficiency in cultivating a big crop during a fifth straight year of drought.

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