Ross Courtney

Underwood Fruit plans to rebuild after fire

By |October 20th, 2017|

The federal government is investigating a fire that destroyed a pear packing facility in Bingen, Washington, while the company is rerouting its fruit and some of its employees to other Northwest packers.

Stemilt will use virtual reality for tours at PMA show

By |October 17th, 2017|

Those attending the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit will get a glimpse of Stemilt Growers without having to leave the conference.

Independent grower not afraid to try different techniques

By |October 17th, 2017|

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On White Trail Road near Quincy, Washington, just past a development of small homes and a golf course, Roberto Guerrero

Thinking ahead about thinning – 2017 IFTA

By |October 4th, 2017|

Precision crop management skills help Michigan growers cut back on expensive hand thinning.

House bill would revamp H-2A program

By |October 3rd, 2017|

Northwest tree fruit industry groups tentatively praised Monday’s effort by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, to revamp the nation’s agricultural guest worker program.

Following the high-density leaders – 2017 IFTA

By |October 3rd, 2017|

Michigan’s early adopters of high-density systems share tips for multiple leaders and cropping techniques.

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.

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