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Fire damages Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Co. in Gorge
The facility in Bingen, Wash., started operation 100 years ago. The company packs apples, pears and cherries.

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Israeli company works on robotic apple picker
Israeli company works on robotic apple picker
Companies in Israel and California are the only two in the world actively working on developing robotic apple pickers as a solution to a shortage of human pickers.
Wine industry contributes $220 billion to economy, study finds
Wine industry contributes $220 billion to economy, study finds
The study by the trade group WineAmerica notes that while California accounts for the bulk of the revenue in wine, there are wineries in all 50 states generating jobs and income for their communities.
Big overseas hazelnut crop cuts prices for Oregon growers
Hazelnut growers in Turkey ramped up production this year, driving down prices for growers in Oregon
Oregon initial hazelnut price drops below $1 per pound
Oregon initial hazelnut price drops below $1 per pound
At 96.5 cents per pound, the initial price for Oregon hazelnuts is 18 percent lower than last year.
Industry seeks to reassure consumers as wine country burns
Industry seeks to reassure consumers as wine country burns
California wine industry groups say their harvest was 90 percent complete when wildfires in the northern San Francisco Bay area kicked up late Oct. 8. They say they’ll work to secure recovery funds once the extent of damage is known.
Bottles sucked dry of wine among charred wildfire remains
Bottles sucked dry of wine among charred wildfire remains
Bottles sucked dry of wine among charred wildfire remains
Early apple volumes, prices strong
Early apple volumes, prices strong
Washington’s Gala, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apple crops picked out more than expected and early prices are stronger than a year ago.
Fazio, WAFLA sued for sexual harassment, discrimination
Fazio, WAFLA sued for sexual harassment, discrimination
The farm labor association WAFLA, the largest supplier of H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers in the Northwest, and its director are accused in a lawsuit of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Apple foundation honors volunteers
The Washington Apple Education Foundation recognized more than 200 volunteers at its annual appreciation breakfast. The foundation awards nearly $1 million annually in scholarship to students from tree fruit families.
Collaboration key, robotic apple picker inventor says
Collaboration key, robotic apple picker inventor says
The California developer of a robotic apple picker says listening to potential customers and other inventors increases a new product’s chances of success.

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