**The outrageously juicy apple with the refreshing, snappy zing is back!

Rave® brand apples made their grand appearance at Stemilt’s Olds Packing facility in Wenatchee on July 30th.

Stemilt marketing director, Brianna Shales tells www.thepacker.com we are really looking forward to this year’s Rave® crop and getting back into peak apple season.

Harvested a few days prior to release, Rave® will appear in grocery stores around the country in the coming weeks.


**The Dominican Republic is limiting shipments of pigs and mobilizing its military to contain the spread of African Swine Fever.

According to www.agrimarketing.com, the Dominican ag ministry made the announcement as the U.S. and Mexico tightened border checks to avoid spreading the infection.

The U.S. and Mexico are both boosting airport inspections to stop travelers from bringing in Dominican pork products that could carry the virus.


**After nine months of review, the EPA finalized its interim decision on the weedkiller paraquat last Monday, effectively keeping the herbicide on the U.S. market for 15 years.

www.agriculture.com reports, the agency decided to allow aerial application of the chemical on a broader range of crops than it proposed last October but also imposed additional steps to protect human health, like 50- to 75-foot buffer zones around houses.

First approved in 1964, paraquat is used on invasive weeds and grasses.


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