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Growers thankful USDA gobbling up surplus cranberries
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Growers thankful USDA gobbling up surplus cranberries
The USDA will buy more cranberries than New Jersey grows in a year. For that, a Washington farmer is grateful.

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DOL, farmers in talks to resolve ‘hot goods’ lawsuits
DOL, farmers in talks to resolve ‘hot goods’ lawsuits
The U.S. Department of Labor said it's been negotiating a possible resolution to its "hot goods" lawsuits against Oregon blueberry farms.
USDA buying cranberries to stabilize prices
USDA buying cranberries to stabilize prices
The USDA is buying up to 68 million pounds of cranberries to stablize prices.
Port slow downs bite apple industry
Port slow downs bite apple industry
Already reeling from low prices due to oversupply, the Washington apple industry now is losing important overseas sales due to the longshoremen's union work slow down.
Fruit growers to renew Parma research funding
Fruit growers to renew Parma research funding
A coalition of groups representing fruit growers in Idaho will renew a five-year agreement with the University of Idaho that will provide UI's Parma research station $30,000 a year. The money has helped the station continue its fruit orchard trials.
Calif. navel oranges small but flavorful
Calif. navel oranges small but flavorful
As the holiday season approaches, navel oranges from California are smaller than usual because of the drought. But their sugar contents and utilization rates are high, industry insiders say.
H-2A continues rapid growth in Washington
Use of H-2A visa foreign guestworkers continues to leap upward in Washington state, mainly driven by the state's tree fruit industry.
Carlton Fire: Ranchers, growers face long recovery
Carlton Fire: Ranchers, growers face long recovery
Four months after the largest wildfire in Washington state history burned 256,000 acres, caused one death and millions of dollars in loss of 300 homes, 1,000 cattle, 500 miles of fencing and millions of board feet of timber, ranchers face years on the...
Invasive stink bug found in second Idaho city
Invasive stink bug found in second Idaho city
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has confirmed that an insect found by a Boise homeowner was a brown marmorated stink bug, which feeds on a wide range of crops. ISDA officials believe it was an isolated incident involving a lone bug but will set...
Huge apple crop grows, prices fall
Huge apple crop grows, prices fall
Washington apple prices are the lowest they've been in eight years as the industry grapples with selling a crop 20 percent larger than the previous receond high.
Oregon wine industry says it was another fantastic year
Oregon wine industry says it was another fantastic year
True, Oregon growers and wine makersare an optimistic bunch and never speak badly of their work, but they say this year was one for the ages.