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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 …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

USDA reveals details of relief for cherry growers affected by Chinese tariffs

U.S. cherry growers – including those in the Yakima Valley – negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs from China can receive up to $250,000 in direct payments, the U.S. Department of …

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.

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

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

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.

Crunching the cherry numbers: 2017 might be a record harvest

As the cherry harvest goes into its “second peak,” an industry representative said 2017 appears to be on track to be a record year.

Chock-full of cherries with just a splash of bourbon, this homemade ice cream is an adult delight

It’s not quite a frozen twist on a classic cocktail, but almost.

Yakima Valley rains avoided cherry orchards

Rains that fell in the Yakima Valley on Thursday do not appear to have harmed a cherry crop that is just days away from harvest.

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 …

Oregon orchard donates tons of cherries to the needy

The group Farmers Ending Hunger has lined up a large donation of cherries from a prominent orchardist in The Dalles.

Bing cherries could be in shorter supply this year

Bing cherries have been beset with growing problems this year that are reducing the size of the crop. The Northwest’s most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in …

Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest

Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a …

Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather

The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with …

Fruit and vegetable picking underway at Green Bluff farms

Warm summer days herald the beginning of the fruit picking season at the dozens of farms in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Most people know Green Bluff for its cherry …

Taste summer with a sweet cherry on top

Cherry season in the Pacific Northwest is sweet – and maddeningly short-lived. Thanks to Mother Nature, though, this year’s crop is slated to be plump and plentiful, perfect for making …

Rains damage cherries

YAKIMA – Recent showers have been bad news for some cherry growers in Central Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported growers have been trying to prevent wet cherries from splitting by …

Cherry farmers consider techniques

BUENA, Wash. – Washington state cherry farmers expect their crop to continue to break harvest records in the coming years, prompting a rethinking of harvesting techniques. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports …

Washington potatoes headed to South Korea

OLYMPIA – As a Washington delegation wrapped up a trade mission in Asia this week, the United States and South Korea worked out a deal on the export of one …

In the Garden: Organic cherries aren’t for the birds

I have to admit it did look a little odd. There, on one end of our orchard, were three cherry trees wrapped with giant white covers that made them look …

Northwest cherry growers upbeat about crop

Northwest cherry growers are optimistic about the looming cherry harvest, one that is expected to be long on quality even if it falls just short of record volume.

Local cherry season slow to start, fruit ready for picking next week

Seems patience is the secret ingredient in this year’s local growing season. The appearance of hot, sunny days may make one anxious for the fruits of mid-summer, but area farms …

Cherries finally ready to harvest

YAKIMA – In the early morning shade of Don Olmstead Jr.’s orchard, workers scurry to and from a weighing table with buckets of pink-and-yellow Rainier cherries. And it’s about time, …

Smaller, better Northwest cherry crop expected

Northwest cherry growers expect a smaller crop this year than the 2009 record but with a longer harvest period, which should extend sales.

New inspection rules help West Coast cherry exporters

Cherry growers in three West Coast states will be able to ship sweet cherries to Japan more cheaply because of a change in the country’s pest control requirements for imports …

Cherry crop may be delayed; apple crop larger

Cooler than usual spring weather could put Washington’s cherry crop behind schedule.

New rule could hurt cherry exports

WENATCHEE – Washington tree fruit companies are anxiously awaiting a new Homeland Security rule that they say could disrupt about $60 million worth of cherry exports next season. The new …