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Pistachio growers poised for record crop
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Pistachio growers poised for record crop
Pistachio growers in California are set to have a record crop after a couple of disappointing seasons caused by drought and a lack of winter chiling hours.

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African vineyard’s duck parade doubles as pest control
Vineyard uses Indian runner ducks instead of chemicals to eradicate pests like snails and bugs.
California wine industry’s economic impact growing, study finds
California wine industry’s economic impact growing, study finds
The California wine industry's overall economic output has grown by 17 percent within the state and 19 percent nationwide over the last seven years, according to a report by two industry advocacy groups.
Tight labor supply pushes wages upward
Tight labor supply pushes wages upward
September is peak of pear harvest in Washington and mid-September to mid-October is peak of apple harvest. But already labor is tight, and with a large apple crop it could get tighter.
Southcentral Idaho wineries, growers want their own AVA
In an effort to promote their region to wine consumers, wineries and grape growers in Southcentral Idaho hope to obtain their own American Viticultural Area designation.
Clayton Fire burns winery, vineyards, orchards, rangelands
Clayton Fire burns winery, vineyards, orchards, rangelands
The Clayton Fire has burned some vineyards, walnut orchards and grazing fire in southern Lake County, Calif., but has so far spared the county's main agricultural areas.
Calif. pear harvest enters final stages
Calif. pear harvest enters final stages
California pear growers are nearing the end of their harvest, as fire blight and other factors have led to a lighter crop this year.
Group receives $50,000 grant to coordinate olive oil research
Group receives $50,000 grant to coordinate olive oil research
A Clovis, Calif.-based group has received a $50,000 specialty crop grant from the USDA to coordinate crop research on olive oil, whose domestic production has nearly tripled in the last decade.
Big crop seen for surplus-plagued cranberry growers
Big crop seen for surplus-plagued cranberry growers
Cranberry harvest will be up slightly in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
AgroFresh expands its apple, pear service centers
A leader in produce freshness is opening new centers in Michigan and Italy to help growers keep apples and pears fresher longer.
Company forges ahead with GM apples
Company forges ahead with GM apples
A Canadian company will test market a small amount of genetically modified Golden Delicious apples this fall and may soon gain approval of GM Fuji.

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