January 1st 2012 Issue

H-2A is not for everyone

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One of the biggest of the many problems with the H-2A foreign guest-worker program, from the grower’s point of [...]

Concerned about labor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Mark Rice, like almost every other commercial fruit grower, is concerned about his future labor ­supply. Rice needs about [...]

H-2A program requirements

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The federal H-2A foreign guest-worker program allows employers who are short of workers to bring people into the United [...]

Challenges lead to changes

By |January 1st, 2012|

David Rice is president of Rice Fruit Company and manager of packing and storage operations.
Richard Lehnert

In recent years, [...]

Quality fruit is Rice heritage

By |January 1st, 2012|

Mark Rice chose to go with Kiku, a high quality Fuji fruit strain that is easier to grow than [...]

The time is right

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Lunch is often a Rice family affair, as several members work in the office or packing plant. From left [...]

Hort leaders discuss top issues of coming year

By |January 1st, 2012|

David Douglas
President, Washington State Horticultural AssociationDavid Douglas, 37, works for the family growing and packing operation, Douglas Fruit [...]

Committee nominations

By |January 1st, 2012|

Nominations for board positions with several Pacific Northwest fruit industry groups will be held during upcoming horticultural meetings.
Cherry [...]

What changes will you make in 2012?

By |January 1st, 2012|

Many growers, particularly on the West Coast, didn’t have enough workers to pick their fruit last fall. The new [...]

Last Bite — A cherry with royal titles

By |January 1st, 2012|

The Napoleon cherry, a light, yellow-skinned variety, has been called different names through the centuries, several of them relating [...]