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Town sees a change of fortune after Gold Digger bankruptcy
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Town sees a change of fortune after Gold Digger bankruptcy
Two companies have bought portions of a bankrupt tree fruit cooperative saving jobs and helping growers in a small U.S.-Canadian border town.

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Sales of Northwest pears are slow
Even with a smaller crop, pear sales are slower than they should be in the Pacific Northwest this season, partly because of a large apple crop, a top pear man says.
Pear growers renew oldest marketing order
Pear growers renew oldest marketing order
Growers representing 90 percent of production volume voted to renew the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order 927 for six years.
Washington raspberry growers eye trade practices
Washington raspberry growers eye trade practices
Washington Red Raspberry Commission hires law firm to probe practices of foreign competitors
Texas peach crop challenged by lack of cold weather
The Hill Country lacked an adequate number of “chill hours” this winter.
Nursery switches to white fiberglass stakes
Nursery switches to white fiberglass stakes
White fiberglass nursery tree stakes are an eye catcher near Quincy, Wash., and new to the area as other nurseries use bamboo and steel stakes.
El Salvadoran, Guatemalan H-2A workers hired
El Salvadoran, Guatemalan H-2A workers hired
The Washington farm labor association known as WAFLA is recruiting its first El Salvadoran and Guatemalan H-2A-visa workers for Washington orchard work and Christmas bough harvests.
Study: More beetles can carry disease killing avocado trees
Three more beetles have been found to carry the tree-killing disease laurel wilt.
Sunkist CEO Russell Hanlin dies at 84
Russell Hanlin, who was president and CEO of Sunkist Growers for two decades, has died. The marketing cooperative says Hanlin was 84 when he died Tuesday
Columbia Gorge winemakers score with Portland consumers
Columbia Gorge winemakers score with Portland consumers
The region along the Columbia River east of Portland produces wines that match the changing climate and topography.
Genetically engineered citrus virus could be answer for fighting HLB
Genetically engineered citrus virus could be answer for fighting HLB
The USDA is considering issuing permits for a Florida firm to widen its field trials of a genetically modified virus containing defensin proteins from spinach as a tool to make trees resistant to huanglongbing.

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