January 1st 2012 Issue

Grape calculators revised

By |January 1st, 2012|

The online Northwest Grape Cost of Production Calculators, developed for wineries and vineyards, were recently updated to reflect today’s [...]

More rules proposed on child labor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Proposed new rules from the federal Department of Labor would further restrict the kind of work young people may [...]

Washington’s grape crop down in 2011

By |January 1st, 2012|

Concord yields varied widely last year, ranging from no crop to 20 tons per acre.
Suphasuk Pradubsuk

Washington State’s juice [...]

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

By |January 1st, 2012|

Peach growers were conspicuously absent from the list of fruit and vegetable producers who suffered crop losses when some [...]

Good Point — Labor outlook is poor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Frank Gasperini

Who would guess that, with unemployment at or just below double digits for three years, basic industries such [...]

H-2A is not for everyone

By |January 1st, 2012|

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

By |January 1st, 2012|

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 [...]