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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

U.S. cancels planned tariffs on China

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Long-awaited Cosmic Crisp apples to hit shelves

The Cosmic Crisp, a new, Washington State University-bred apple with astronomical implications, is set to hit shelves in less than a week, but some local grocers say it remains to …

Washington apple growers produced a big crop, report says

This year’s Washington apple crop will be one of the largest in history, according to the latest figures from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Classic tunes, dumplings fuel fundraiser at Green Bluff church during ‘Apple Days’

It’s fall on Green Bluff, and that means freshly picked apples making their way into dumplings at Green Bluff Community United Methodist Church. Seventy-three-year-old singer Merridee Joy McCarthy provided the …

Washington farmers react to China’s announcement to boycott U.S. ag products

Had China’s announcement this week to stop purchasing U.S. agricultural products been the first volley of a trade war, local trade officials would have taken it like a punch to …

100 years ago in Spokane: Made-in-Spokane biplane takes flight

Spokane’s Northwest Aircraft Co. made a trial flight of its first airplane at the Parkwater Aviation Field.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Washington farmers face rising costs, uncertain markets in ongoing trade war

Washington farmers can expect a tougher year covering expenses even if political leaders finalize trade agreements with the countries that import apples, beef and wheat from the Evergreen State, a …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

Washington farmers watching closely for a truce in the tariff war that could reopen markets to China.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …

Tariffs costing Washington consumers and exporters, according to anti-tariff campaign

New study estimates costs of new tariffs for Washington consumers and producers.

As harvest begins, apple industry weighing its options amid tariffs

The Washington state apple crop that could be adversely affected by trade disputes. Tariffs have been implemented on U.S. apples by China and Mexico and also are planned by India. …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Gala celebration: Variety now America’s top apple

The Red Delicious apple, an easy-to-transport variety that dominated grocery selection for decades, is no longer the most popular variety in the U.S. as the rise of the Gala apple …

Tariff war could hit Washington state apple sales to Mexico

The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies Thursday, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada in a move that prompted fears of …

A battle of cosmic proportions: WSU, biotech firm sue each other over new apple variety

With millions of trees already planted across the state, the outcomes of the dueling lawsuits seem unlikely to affect consumer availability of the Cosmic Crisp, a flavor-packed hybrid between the …

Apple detective finds five more apple varieties thought to be extinct and seven others that were rare or lost

Spokane County’s hardworking apple detective has rediscovered five more heritage apple varieties in Washington and Idaho that were previously considered to be extinct.

Woman gets prison for $900K theft from Zirkle Fruit

The ringleader behind a nearly $900,000 theft from Zirkle Fruit Company has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for a payroll scheme.

Warm fall helps push larger-than-anticipated Washington apple harvest

A warm fall and new planting technologies gave Washington apple growers a larger harvest than anticipated this season.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …

From apples to wheat, NAFTA has been a boon for Washington agriculture

For Washington apples the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a good deal.

The farmers’ workaround: Tree grafting

Planting a modern apple orchard is expensive work costing between $40,000 and $50,000 per acre. What’s more, the kinds of apples people want to eat can change. That means an …

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology.

The apples and the bees

Every year thousands of hives dot Washington’s apple orchards. The bees inside pollinate the state’s apple trees. Apple farmers, for the most part, rent the their bees, said Dave Robison …

A brief history of the apple

The apple was first domesticated in southern Kazakhstan about 4,000 years ago. The fruit has played heavily into art and literature in various cultures. However, apples do not appear in …

Local apple leaders go to Washington

Local members of a statewide apple group and area fruit growers recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional legislators about the future of agriculture and the nation’s health.

What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way

Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Washington state gems shine with Hollywood stars

Opals are non-GMO Washington state gems known for their natural non-browning ability.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Another semi full of apples crashes into the Columbia River

A semi full of apples crashed into the Columbia River near Wenatchee Thursday, only days after another semi loaded with apples crashed into the river off State Route 243 in …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

Semi-truck full of apples plunges into Columbia River, floating toward Priest Rapids Dam

A semi-truck full of apples plunged into the Columbia River on Monday afternoon. The truck’s refrigerated trailer full of apples detached and is currently floating down the Columbia River toward …

Owner of Washington’s largest apple farm has died

Bill Evans, who with his wife Jeannette built a tiny farm into one of the largest fruit companies in Washington, has died at the age of 87. Evans died early …

Donald Trump’s promises trigger fears of a trade war that would damage Washington’s economy

Trade experts warn that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric foreshadows a trade war with China and a scrapping of hard-won tariff reductions. Washington state farmers, who would be among the casualties …