Later and later cherries

By |May 15th, 2012|

Sweetheart, a late-season cultivar developed at the Summerland research center in British Columbia, Canada, is the second-most planted variety [...]

Housing helps attract workers

By |April 1st, 2012|

Mike Gempler (facing camera) tours Sage Bluff housing project.
GERALDINE WARNER

Housing—be it state-subsidized tent programs, onsite grower-owned, or public [...]

H-2A basics

By |April 1st, 2012|

Lucio Machado picks Golden Delicious in a Wenatchee, Washington, orchard.

Fear of a repeat of last fall’s labor shortage in [...]

USA Farmers seek reform

By |April 1st, 2012|

Chalmers Carr III doesn’t expect Congressional action on farm labor and immigration issues before the fall elections this year, [...]

Seasonal workers essential but costly

By |April 1st, 2012|

Having to rely on migrant labor has never been an easy game for fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada.

While [...]

Tallying the costs

By |April 1st, 2012|

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan ­Valley typically require about 3,300 seasonal workers annually. But working with foreign [...]

Watch other crops for labor trends

By |April 1st, 2012|

Eastern Washington State is the world’s fastest-growing region for blueberry production.

Tree fruit growers anxious about the labor market in [...]

Few alternatives to H-2A program

By |April 1st, 2012|

Tom Roach outlined labor options at a recent Washington Growers League meeting.

Growers worried about securing a work force for [...]

Contractors are a source of workers

By |February 15th, 2012|

Using farm labor contractors can be beneficial for both employers and workers, as they can turn sporadic seasonal [...]

Inmates available

By |February 1st, 2012|

Inmates are available to work in Washington State orchards for the same hourly wage as other ­employees receive.

Dan Fazio, [...]