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Washington apple exports pick up as ports return to normal
Fresh apples are the state’s top crop, and packers typically export about 30 percent of their harvest. About half those exports are shipped by sea.

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Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage
Expert: Immigration reform won’t fix farm labor shortage
Immigration policy reforms cannot overcome broader economic forces that are reducing farm labor supplies, an expert says.
Grape harvest contractor ordered to pay back wages
The contractor was cited for several violations, including not paying employees at least biweekly or semimonthly; not providing wage statements to workers; and not disclosing employment conditions to workers.
Hives appear OK after quick, robust almond bloom
Hives appear OK after quick, robust almond bloom
With the almond blossom in California nearly complete, there have as yet been no reports of widespread bee die-offs, an expert says.
Researchers look at cider apples, mulches
Researchers look at cider apples, mulches
Washington State University researchers have been given new grants to look at qualities of cider apples and effects of biodegradable mulches on fruit in separate studies.
Effort to change law governing port labor fails to gain steam
Effort to change law governing port labor fails to gain steam
Trade groups talk privately about changing law to prevent future port slow downs but don't appear to be getting any effort started.
Piece rate case likely to change employment practices, lawyers say
Piece rate case likely to change employment practices, lawyers say
A lawsuit over whether piece rate includes compensation for resk breaks could forever change its use and could cost growers $100 million or more for back wages if they lose, labor attorneys say.
Scientists craft fly traps with 3D printer to fight greening
With the new “SmartTrap,” about 99 percent of the insects collected are psyllids, which are no bigger than a pin. They can also be analyzed, allowing scientists to learn more about them and the disease they spread in orange groves.
WSU wine science center takes shape
WSU wine science center takes shape
Washington State University expects to have a grand opening for its new Wine Science Center in Richland in June. It's billed as one of the top wine research and educational facilities in the world.
Research unlocks clues about powdery mildew in wine grapes
Research unlocks clues about powdery mildew in wine grapes
University of California-Davis researchers have mapped the genome of the pathogen that causes grape powdery mildew, one of the most destructive ailments to affect wine grapes. Their work could help growers become more efficient in applying treatments and...
USDA approves GM apples developed in Canada
USDA approves GM apples developed in Canada
The USDA has deregulated two genetically modified apples, saying they are unlikely to pose any risk, but the Canadian company developing them may have a hard time finding growers.