Slight Profits Expected For NW Tree Fruit Industry

In day two of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we turn our attention to local tree fruit, apples and pears. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said their 12-month profitability outlook anticipates slight profits for pear growers and packers. “Although exports continue to slow crop movement, quality is excellent, domestic demand […]

IFC Acquires Chelan Fruit

Washington-based Chelan Fruit Cooperative has been acquired by International Farming. The news comes just after grower, packer and shipper of apples, cherries and pears celebrated its 100th anniversary as a grower-owned cooperative. The vertically integrated tree fruit producer currently includes 1,100 acres of apple and cherry orchards and state-of-the-art packing facilities, controlled atmosphere and storage […]

Focus On Fruit for 12/30/21

What’s being done to reopen the Indian market to U.S. apple growers? Mark Powers President of the Northwest Horticultural Council has the latest developments. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Changes Could Be Coming For Apple Producers

The USDA is in the final stages of making changes to crop insurance rules for apple growers. Apple growers, are nearing the end of what has been a four-year USDA reevaluation of your crop insurance program and USDA has just put out its final proposed changes in the program for apples. The RMA’s Marcia Bunger […]

Focus On Fruit for 11/04/21

In today’s Focus on Fruit, Mark Powers provides an update on ongoing efforts to improve trade opportunities for Northwest tree fruit growers. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

New Promotional Opportunity for Agritourism Venues

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is looking for orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more to showcase on a new app. The American Farm trail app is dedicated to connecting consumers with agritourism venues. Created by the Farm Bureau Foundation and sponsored by Corteva, the app allows farmers, ranchers and farm attraction managers […]

WSDA On The Lookout For Potentially Destructive Pest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is asking the farming and non-farming community to keep an eye out for a potentially destructive pest. The Department said the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) may have been observed in the Omak region recently, but entomologists could not confirm that report. Spotted lanternfly (SLF), a native to Asia, attacks […]

Washington Ag Production Value Increases During Pandemic

The value of Washington agriculture production increased 7% last year to $10.2 billion. With a value of $2.10 billion last year, apples remain the state’s leading agricultural commodity.  That was a 7% jump from 2019 numbers.  Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2020. In the previous year, apple’s share of the total […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Perry: Expectations For PNW Fruit Growers Mixed

As we hit the home stretch of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series, we take a look at the tree fruit industry. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said they anticipate slightly profitable returns for local apple growers. “A modest sized crop [but larger than 2020’s crop], coupled with […]