Washington apple farmer is "optimistic" as workers get vaccinated

“They are on the front lines of the food production industry in this country," said Patrick Smith, who runs Loftus Ranches.
"I’m really hopeful that when we get to our harvest season, globally, things are really looking up," says Patrick Smith, whose family runs Loftus Ranches, an apple and hops farm in Yakima, Washington.
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Coronavirus is driving people to one family farm

Oct 15, 2020
"I guess, thanks in large part to COVID, we had a lot of people looking for outdoor picking and being outside at farms," says Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose.
Al Rose says in New England, people associate fall with going apple-picking.
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Coming soon to a produce aisle near you...

Jul 23, 2019
What the Cosmic Crisp means for the apple industry.
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Tariffs on Mexican imports may increase the price you pay for apples

May 31, 2019
One apple farmer in Washington state shares his concerns about the trade war with Mexico.
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Retaliatory Mexico tariff could leave apples rotting on trees

Jun 6, 2018
The 20 percent tariff on U.S. apple exports will have huge effects on Washington's apple industry.
Red Delicious apples hang from the branches at Walters' Fruit Ranch on September 18, 2006 in Green Bluff, Washington. Mexico is the top export market for Washington apples, which make up 90 percent of nation's apple exports.
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What China's tariff retaliation means for apple growers

Apr 4, 2018
Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranches says trade wars disproportionately impact U.S. farmers.
Mark Morrell picks over his Jona Gold apples at Walters' Fruit Ranch in 2006 in Green Bluff, Washington.
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Kids won’t eat their apples? Try slicing them

May 25, 2016
Researchers from Cornell University found slicing apples boosts consumption by 70 percent.
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Cider makers think Vermont could be their Napa Valley

Feb 2, 2015
Cider is expected to rise to 5 percent of the beer market in the next five years.

Apple growers try to move beyond boom and bust

Oct 17, 2014
Growers are using computers and DNA sequencing to create sweeter, crisper apples.

What is a commodity, anyway?

Nov 21, 2013
Investors who are worried about inflation have been pouring money into commodities like gold, silver and wheat. But what is a commodity, anyway? And why are they considered a good investment for inflation hawks?
Between 15-20% of Jeff Crist's apples are sold for juice.
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