David Eddy

U.S. Sweet Cherry Crop Down 26%

Cool weather is blamed for the generally smaller crop across the country; however, tart cherries up nearly 50%.

Specialty Crops Industry Group Applauds Senate Farm Bill Approach

Senate Farm Bill includes a new program for citrus producers, increased funds for nutrition programs, and the extension of many of the specialty crop provisions that were included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Officially Deemed Pest of California Almonds

BMSB has been causing more damage in a fashion that should concern the state’s growers.

Washington Apple Growers Caught in Costly Trade Spat with Mexico

New 20% retaliatory tariff is a real blow to Washington’s 1,300-plus growers, who farm almost all the apples the U.S. exports to Mexico.

Spotted Lanternfly Found in Virginia Grapes

The invasive pest was initially found in the state earlier this year, but now another first: infiltrating a cultivated crop.

Caneberry Growers Asked to Complete Pricing Survey

Information collected in the survey will be used to gain a better understanding of the marketing, pricing, and sales strategies currently being used by raspberry and blackberry producers across the U.S. and Canada.

Fruit Growers, It’s Time to Mechanize or Die Trying [Opinion]

You can hope H-2A lasts forever and bury your head in the sand, but when you pull it out, everyone might be gone.

Change is Coming to the Fruit Industry: Mechanization is Taking Shape

It might come at you straight out of the blue, like the smartphone, so get ready.

A Fond Farewell to a Grape Grower Advocate

Nat DiBuduo is stepping down as leader of the nation’s biggest association of grape growers, but his spirit will remain.

PMA Hires Former Apple Industry Leader for Western Operations

Past Washington Apple Commission President Steve Lutz to expand PMA Produce Marketing Association’s engagement in Western U.S. and Canada.

Argentine Lemons Enter U.S. Over Grower Protests

One U.S. industry leader says the importation is disturbing because “already notices have been received regarding fruit fly issues in Argentina. We take these seriously and expect producers in other production areas to respect that concern.”

New Leader at Pacific Northwest Fruit Cooperatives

Brian Focht, who has been with several major fruit packer/shippers, will take over “The Marketing Associations” from Bruce Grim.

Record-Breaking Almond Crop Predicted for 2018

Isolated reports of problems from freezing temperatures during bloom don’t appear to have a huge impact on overall yields.

100-Plus California Organic Producers Call for Support in Farm Bill

Growers urge U.S. Senators Feinstein and Harris to support organic businesses, which employ more than 300,000 Californians.

2017 Apple Crop May be Largest Ever

Coming off what could turn out to be the largest apple crop in U.S. history, the nation’s total number […]

Almonds Not All That Thirsty

Of course nuts need water — but a new research report says: Almond growers aren’t water wasters.

We Need a Great Fruit Grower [Opinion]

We need you to restore some dignity, not just to the Oval Office, but the House, the Senate …

Bearing Almond Acreage Officially Hits 1 Million Mark

Overall, total almond acreage for 2017 was 1.33 million acres, up 7% from the previous year.

California Growers to Sound Off on Tariffs

State Ag Secretary to join growers Thursday to tell of how tariffs hurt California exports.

Researchers Take Pesticides Out of Honeybees

Washington State University scientists have created microparticles that could help save honeybees.

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