Ross Courtney

Ross Courtney

About Ross Courtney

Ross Courtney is an associate editor for Good Fruit Grower, writing articles and taking photos for the print magazine and website. He has a degree from Pacific Lutheran University. -- Follow the author -- Contact: 509-930-8798 or email.

Justices hear arguments on farmworker piece-rate wages

By |September 14th, 2017|

Washington State Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Sept. 14 at the Temple of Justice in Olympia on the question of whether employers should be mandated to pay their piece-rate workers a separate hourly rate for work not directly connected to production, such as training or waiting for equipment.

Packers improve, impress with pears

By |September 13th, 2017|

Wenatchee pear packers show Interpera group new technology on their lines.

Piece-rate details back in court

By |September 6th, 2017|

The legal vagaries of piece-rate compensation will continue Sept. 14 when Washington’s Supreme Court hears arguments about whether growers should have to pay their workers separately for meetings, traveling to and from orchards and other forms of “unproductive time.”

Arctic armor: Methods of combating frost

By |September 6th, 2017|

New frost prevention investments by Michigan growers paid off during 2017 bloom-time frost.

Grower helps develop automated reflective color-fabric roller – Video

By |September 5th, 2017|

Their work shines

Researchers put virus theory to trial in G.935 decline

By |August 23rd, 2017|

Pathogen probe

Allan Bros. paces innovation

By |August 23rd, 2017|

Longtime Washington fruit company leads the way with development of new technologies, including collaboration on vacuum picker.

Fourth Leaf flies independent flag

By |August 15th, 2017|

Washington’s renamed Holtzinger is one of a few packers in U.S. that doesn’t also grow its own fruit.

Northwest pear growers announce 2017 fresh market volume estimate

By |August 9th, 2017|

Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.

Washington apple crop expected to be big, but not a record

By |August 7th, 2017|

Washington apple growers expect a large, but not record, fresh volume for the 2017 harvest, which has begun in some of the earliest locations.

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