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Proposal terminates Washington potato marketing order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to officially dissolve the marketing order for potatoes in the state of Washington.

Washington Apple Commission says crop will be lighter

Washington apple growers, who are about three-fourths through?harvest, are seeing a production dip of about 10%, causing the Washington Apple Commission to revise an August forecast.

Wind, fires affect Washington apple harvest, production estimate

Windstorms, wildfires and a revision of yields on trees is dropping Washington apple crop estimates for the 2020-21 season by 5-10%, according to the Washington Apple Commission.

Washington potato losses top $1 billion, according to study

Total losses from the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the Washington State’s potato industry is estimated to top $1 billion, according to a study by Washington State University.

Rainier Fruit earns EFI certification for its largest farm

Rainier Fruit, Selah, Wash., has earned Equitable Food Initiative certification for its largest farm, which is more than 2,300 acres.

Northwest peaches and nectarines good to promote into September

Washington state peach and nectarine volume from Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers will continue with promotable volume well into September.

Stemilt promotes red pear variety as Sparkrimson

Adding a spark to a familiar pear variety, Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers is promoting the starkrimson red pear as the Sparkrimson.

Potato growers ponder COVID-19 pandemic’s fallout

Northwest potato suppliers say they are eager to rev up a major sales engine in their industry — foodservice — as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic passes.

Washington and Oregon potato acreage down, but plenty expected

Potato production in the Northwest was strong in 2019, and the outlook for 2020 looks similar, said Chris Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission.?

Domex Superfresh Growers busy in the orchards

Even in the dead of winter, Washington apple growers are busy preparing for the next apple season.