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Grower Profile: Jon and Debra Laraway

USA Pear Growers Jon and Debra Laraway: Lucky in Love with PEARS The American Northwest is a place where little farms are still carving out space among the snow-capped mountains. Pears have been grown among the rolling orchards and foggy valleys for generations, tended by the same families with the same hard work and commitment to producing the best fresh produce. Near a little red barn nestled among the 100 acres of fruit trees in Hood River, Oregon, live Jon and Debra Laraway. Jon comes from a pear-growing family, four generations of them. He never wanted to do anything else

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2016 NORTHWEST FRESH PEAR CROP ESTIMATE

2016 Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate Slight drop in crop expected from Washington and Oregon in 2016 PORTLAND, Ore. (June 8, 2016) – 2016 Northwest Fresh Pear Crop Estimate. Northwest pear growers are releasing fresh pear harvest projections following their annual meetings in Portland last week. Collectively, Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima regions and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford regions estimate a fresh pear harvest of 18.7 million standard box equivalents, or 414,000 tons of fresh pears. These figures are up 2% from 2015 final harvest figures, but represent a 7% decrease from the five-year average. Warm spring weather and good pollination

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Pear Bureau Northwest Hires Sampling & Event Coordinator

Morgan Cairns joins Pear Bureau Northwest staff PORTLAND, Ore. (March 30, 2016) – Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce Morgan Cairns has joined the company as Sampling & Event Coordinator. Cairns brings diverse experience in events, foodservice, communications, and graphic design to the Pear Bureau Northwest team. Most recently, Morgan developed and implemented innovative social media strategies for clients at Expand YOUR Brand in Portland. Previous employers include Winning Mark and BRIX Tavern. “I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the Sampling & Event Coordinator position at Pear Bureau Northwest,” said Cairns. “I’m proud to join this creative

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2016 NATIONWIDE RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST FOR USA PEARS

PEAR BUREAU NORTHWEST ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL NATIONWIDE RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST FOR USA PEARS “Pear Up with USA Pears” contest offers over $16,000 Portland, Ore. (January 5, 2016) Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to introduce their 3rd annual nationwide display contest open to retailers of all sizes in the U.S. and Canada beginning January 15, 2016. The “Pear Up with USA Pears” Display Contest invites retailers to build an eye-catching display of Green Anjou, Red Anjou, and Bosc pears, while including other varieties of USA Pears is encouraged. To qualify for the contest, the display must be maintained for at least

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