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Sonoma wine grape growers voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent
Growers operating 68 properties with vineyards in the northern San Francisco Bay area are the latest to agree to voluntarily cut their water use by one-quarter from 2013 levels.

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Stemilt Basin drought grant approved
A state grant will help with this year's drought and expansion of Kyle Mathison cherry orchards in Stemilt Basin.
Apple price recovery may take time, expert says
Apple price recovery may take time, expert says
Washington wholesale apple prices should rise this season due to a smaller U.S. crop, but they still may take time to rebuild.
Washington grower must pay $16,000 to DOL before he can sell his apples
Washington grower must pay $16,000 to DOL before he can sell his apples
"Basically, they had me over a barrel,” a Mesa, Wash., grower said after DOL stopped his apples from being packed.
Grower pays $16,000 DOL fine to sell apples
Grower pays $16,000 DOL fine to sell apples
The U.S. Department of Labor has fined a Washington state apple grower after allegedly finding children working in the orchard.
Farmworker camp will likely remain open
Farmworker camp will likely remain open
The state of Washington and Chelan County likely will sign an agreement soon keeping a seasonal, migrant farmworker camp open in the Wenatchee area.
McFerson hired to run WSU tree fruit center
McFerson hired to run WSU tree fruit center
Jim McFerson will continue as manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission while becoming director of the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
Washington, California peach crops lighter
Washington, California peach crops lighter
Peaches, apricots, nectarines and other soft fruits are much bigger crops in California than in Washington. Crops are earlier and lighter this year in both states.
Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits stem from grafts
Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits stem from grafts
The tree at Syracuse University, and others like it, really does bear 40 or more varieties of stone fruit, thanks to carefully planned grafts.
Oregon cranberry harvest gets off to the earliest start in North America
Oregon cranberry harvest gets off to the earliest start in North America
A Southern Oregon grower's cranberry harvest may be the earliest in North America this year, according to Ocean Spray.
Idaho hop production to increase 51 percent in 2015
Idaho hop production to increase 51 percent in 2015
Hop acres and total production will be up significantly in Idaho this year.