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New cider institute aims to guide fast-growing industry
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New cider institute aims to guide fast-growing industry
The new organization is a byproduct of the hard cider industry's rapid growth, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

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Oregon berries come on strong with favorable weather
Oregon berries come on strong with favorable weather
Early Oregon strawberry varieties are showing up in stores and roadside stands, with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries coming on.
Workers paid in blueberry wage case
The first workers are being paid in a court settlement in a Walla Walla County, Wash., blueberry wage case.
Apple Commission sets its annual budget
The Washington Apple Commission adopts a budget similar to last year's and based on estimating the fall crop at 135 million, 40-pound boxes.
Apple assessment voting method changes
State law has been amended to give the Washington Apple Commission the change it wanted in the method of voting on future changes to growers' assessment rates.
Apple commission chief pushes logo
Apple commission chief pushes logo
With the world apple export market expected to grow tougher, the Washington Apple Commission president says companies should use the state's generic apple logo more.
Apple Commission to update export plan
Apple Commission to update export plan
Saying it wants to stay competitive globally, the Washington Apple Commission will look at industry production, export and sales data to update its strategic plan for export promotions.
High-tech line can switch between red, Rainier cherries
High-tech line can switch between red, Rainier cherries
As cherry season winds down in California and begins in Washington, manufacturers tout their latest achievements in high-tech, optical cherry sizing and sorting equipment.
Cold snap damages wine grape crops in Minnesota, Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes.

Temperatures dipped below freezing in much of those areas late Saturday and early...

Calif. almond yields to increase 6 percent in 2016, survey says
Calif. almond yields to increase 6 percent in 2016, survey says

ORLAND, Calif. — Almond growers in California expect to produce a 2 billion pound crop this year, a nearly 6 percent increase from 2015, according to a government report.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service cites a robust almond...

Prominent vineyard wraps up planting
Prominent vineyard wraps up planting

ROCK ISLAND, Wash. — One of the most visible new vineyards in Northcentral Washington has reached a milestone.

On May 16 crews finished planting the last 100 acres of Spanish Castle Vineyard, between Rock Island and Quincy. They began the...

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